The Francis Marion University women’s volleyball team will travel to the Upstate for a pair of Peach Belt Conference matches this weekend. On Friday at 7 p.m., FMU (6-13 overall, 1-4 in the PBC) will face USC Spartanburg (13-4, 4-1) on the Lady Rifles’ home floor. Saturday, Francis Marion will play at Lander University (8-10, 1-4) in a 3 p.m. match. Patriot freshman Lezlie Logan continues to lead the squad with a season average of 2.73 kills per game, and she has recorded double-figure kill totals in six of the last seven matches. Sophomore Kelly Feber leads the Patriots in digs (3.03 per game) and service aces (0.57 per game). FMU leads the all-time series with Lander 21-3, but trails in the USCS series 35-26.
The Patriot men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the Furman University Invitational Meet, Saturday morning in Greenville, S.C. The women’s 5,000-meter race will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by the men’s 8,000-meter race at 11:15 a.m. Last weekend, eight Patriot runners posted career-best times at the Overton’s/Pirate Invitational, hosted by East Carolina University.
Both the Francis Marion men’s and women’s soccer teams will travel south on Interstate 95 to Jacksonville, Fla., where they will play a key Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with the University of North Florida, Saturday evening. The women’s match will start at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s match at 7:30 p.m.
The Patriot men (7-4-0, 1-1-0) are third in the PBC standings behind unbeaten USCS and UNC Pembroke. The Patriots’ lone senior, forward Ben Chavolla, leads the team in scoring while averaging a goal scored every match (11 goals in 11 matches). FMU leads the all-time series 6-3, but the Ospreys won last year’s meeting in Jacksonville 3-1.
The Patriot women’s soccer team owned a 6-4-0 overall mark heading into Thursday’s match at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. FMU is 2-1 in the PBC and in fourth place behind three unbeaten squads, including UNF (7-4-1, 3-0-0). The tightly-contested series is deadlocked at 5-5 with a one-goal differential (UNF leads 18-17), but the Lady Ospreys have won five of the last six meetings.
The sixth-ranked Francis Marion golf team is off this weekend and will return to action Oct. 20-21 at the 36-hole North Shore/Pfeiffer University Intercollegiate Tournament in Sneads Ferry, N.C. The Patriots are coming off two impressive performances that saw the defending NCAA Division II national champs win the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga., and finish second, after losing out in a playoff for the title, at the Presbyterian College Intercollegiate Tournament. Two-time All-American Fredrik Ohlsson leads the Patriots with a 73.75 stroke average.
The FMU men’s and women’s soccer teams will both play host to Lander University on Florence Youth Soccer Association/Patriot Soccer Camp Day, Saturday, Oct. 25. The PBC doubleheader will begin with the women’s match at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s match at 3:30 p.m. A free youth soccer clinic will follow the men’s match. Admission to the matches is also free. All FYSA players or teams and those FMU summer soccer camp participants interested in attending the clinic should call the FMU athletic office at 843-661-1240 so organizers can have a headcount. The Patriot soccer programs regularly schedule four camps during the summer in Florence and surrounding Pee Dee area towns.
Two Patriot doubles teams captured wins at last week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Savannah, Ga. The doubles team of Alex Cury and Igor Prielozny won the Men’s Doubles B Draw by defeating a duo from Barton College 8-2. The Patriot pair of Maria Cordrey and Maria Covell won the Women’s Doubles B Draw with an 8-3 win over a team from Coker College. FMU teammates Taylor Tillman and Amy Verburg placed second in the Women’s Doubles B Draw consolation bracket, while Robert Hill and Bentley Oates lost in the semifinals of the Men’s Doubles B Draw consolation bracket. Senior Stephanie Bush advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s Singles B Draw, while Jordan Gettys advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s Singles B Draw consolation bracket.