AUGUSTA, Ga. – The third-seeded UNC Pembroke volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Volleyball Championships with a dominating 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-10) win over sixth-seeded Francis Marion at the Christenberry Fieldhouse.
UNC Pembroke has now won five straight matches.
UNC Pembroke (16-15) looked to be racing towards an easy victory in the first set, leading by five at 22-17. UNC Pembroke would capture six of the next seven points to tie the game at 23-23. The Braves would not budge though, scoring the next two points to take a 25-23 win. Both teams hit well in the set with UNC Pembroke hitting .229 and Francis Marion hitting .205.
In the second set, things were tight once again with the score tied at 14-14 in the early going. UNC Pembroke would take over from there, going on an 11-5 run to close out the game. The Braves’ defense allowed Francis Marion to hit just -.044 in the second set.
The third set was all UNC Pembroke. The Braves hit .429 in the set en route to a 25-10 win.
Buoyed by the strong performance in the third set, UNC Pembroke finished the match hitting .209 as a team. Francis Marion (12-18) concluded the match hitting .041 as a team. Francis Marion out-blocked UNC Pembroke, 9-6.
Ashlyn Rebok guided the Braves’ attack in the match, finishing with a match-high 34 assists.
Two UNC Pembroke players were able to secure double-digit kills with Rebecca Morgan leading the way with 12. Heather Bolwerk added 10 of her own.
UNC Pembroke’s Marissa Baker led all in the match with 25 digs. Rebok chipped in with 22 digs of her own to claim a double-double.
No Francis Marion player was able to acquire double-digit kills with Amanda Mitchell leading the Patriots with eight kills. Hallie Legg led Francis Marion with 17 digs.
UNC Pembroke will face off against Peach Belt Conference second-seeded and national No. 24 Flagler in the first semifinal of the day tomorrow at the Christenberry Fieldhouse. First serve is slated for 4 p.m.