FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University women’s volleyball team will face Armstrong Atlantic State University in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, Friday afternoon (Nov. 13) at 4 p.m.
The three-day, single-elimination tournament will be held in USC Aiken’s Convocation Center.
Daily admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $3 for children, and PBC-member students will be admitted free with a valid student ID.
The Patriots ended their regular season 11-19 and are seeded seventh, while AASU (24-8) is the second seed. The Pirates swept the season series from FMU, winning 3-1 in Florence on Oct. 2 and 3-0 in Savannah last Friday night. The winner will advance to play in Saturday’s second semifinal contest at 6 p.m.
Francis Marion, which has lost its last nine matches, regains the services of two starters who missed last week’s three road contests. Statistically, junior 6-1 middle blocker Mallory Eggert leads the Patriots in hitting percentage (.234) and blocks per game (1.04), while sophomore Ashlyn Underhill leads FMU with 2.30 kills per game. Senior Jess O’Leary recently surpassed 1,500 career assists and she is averaging 4.99 assists per game in a two-setter system. Junior libero Kelsie Deaton is third in the PBC with 4.33 digs per game.
Francis Marion owns an all-time record of 21-19 in PBC Tournament competition, including winning the 1997, 1998, and 2005 tournament titles. AASU defeated the Patriots in last year’s championship match.
2009 Peach Belt Conference
Volleyball Championship Presented by GEICO
Quarterfinal Friday - Friday, November 13, 2009
Match 1 #1 Flagler vs. #8 UNC Pembroke 2 p.m.
Match 2 #2 Armstrong Atlantic vs. #7 Francis Marion 4 p.m.
Match 3 #4 Montevallo vs. #5 USC Aiken 6 p.m.
Match 4 #3 Augusta State vs. #6 Lander 8 p.m.
Semifinal Saturday - Saturday, November 14, 2009
Match 4 Match 1 winner vs. Match 3 winner 4 p.m.
Match 5 Match 2 winner vs. Match 4 winner 6 p.m.
Championship Sunday - Sunday, November 15, 2009
Match 7 Match 4 winner vs Match 5 winner 2 p.m.