FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s soccer teams and the Patriot volleyball squad will all host important Peach Belt Conference contests this weekend.
The 17-11 volleyball team will look to maintain its hold on third place in the PBC standings when it battles USC Upstate (14-11) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Lander University (12-16) on Saturday at 3 p.m. At 6-4 in conference play, USC Upstate is one of two teams tied for fourth place, one-half game behind the 6-3 Patriots.
The FMU men’s and women’s soccer teams will both conclude their 2004 regular seasons on Saturday when they play USC Upstate in a key PBC doubleheader. The two Senior Day matches will begin with the women’s contest at noon, followed by the men’s match at 2:30 p.m. Earlier schedules had the men’s match set for 3:30 p.m., but the starting time has been moved up one hour.
The women’s match will decide the PBC regular-season champion. The 11-3-0 Francis Marion women occupy second place in the PBC standings with a 6-1-0 conference mark, while USC Upstate (11-1-2, 6-0-1) sits atop the rankings. USC Upstate is coached by FMU graduate and former men’s soccer player Kendall Reyes. FMU has never won the PBC regular-season crown.
The Patriot men (8-8-1, 2-3-0) are sixth in the PBC standings, but with a win against 19th-ranked USC Upstate (12-3-0, 3-2-0) on Saturday, FMU would vault into fourth place and host a first-round tournament match, against the same USC Upstate squad, Tuesday (Nov. 2) afternoon.
The Patriot women will recognize five seniors – Jackie Bateman, Kristi Eyler, Nicki Fell, Cyprian Gillingham, and Megan Harwood – prior to Saturday’s match and the FMU men will honor three seniors: Charlie Mitchell, Peter Nsubuga, and Henry Theiling.