Pirates Advance to Volleyball Semifinals

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The third-seeded Armstrong State University volleyball squad overcame a first-set deficit and hit .482 as a team in picking up a 3-1 win over sixth-seeded Francis Marion in the 2015 PBC Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday evening in Savannah, Ga. Set scores were: 24-26, 25-15, 25-15, 25-17.

The Pirates (18-9) advance to the PBC Semifinals on Friday, where they will take on second-seeded Flagler - 3-0 winners over seventh-seeded Augusta - on the campus of top-seeded USC Aiken. Francis Marion sees its season come to a close with a 16-14 record.

Armstrong State held a 17-9 lead in the first set, but Francis Marion rode the serving of Caroline Boone to charge back and tie the set at 21-all. Both teams traded points until the Patriots got a kill from Boone and a service ace by Georgia Garrison to take the first set, 26-24.

The Pirates charged out to a 11-4 lead in the second set and tied the match up at a set a piece by limiting the Patriots to just seven kills. Armstrong State then hit .542 with 15 kills in the third set and closed out the match by hitting .517 with 17 kills in the fourth set. The .482 team hitting percentage was a record for an Armstrong State team in a four-set match, breaking the previous record of .448 set against Paine on October 1, 1993.

Junior Anna McGee led the way for the Pirates, notching 18 kills and four blocks while hitting .586. Junior Emily Wylie hit .571 with 14 kills, while freshman Raquel Kulak hit .706 with 12 kills. Freshman Kristi Vaughn tallied 29 assists and sophomore Iva Scepanovic notched 14 digs.

Francis Marion was led by Alexzandra Reed's 17 kills and .282 hitting percentage. Carrie McGinnis and Samantha Hinrichs each collected 17 assists and Shelbi Meek notched 10 digs.

Armstrong State will take on Flagler in the PBC Semifinals on Friday at 3:00 p.m. from the USC Aiken Convocation Center. The Pirates have advanced to the last seven PBC Tournament finals and are the three-time defending tournament champions.

(From Armstrong Reports)