FMU’s Reed reaches career milestone
GREENWOOD – Senior Alexzandra Reed registered 16 kills to surpass 1,000 for her career and help lead Francis Marion University to a 25-19, 21-25, 25-17, 30-28 win over Tusculum College and a split of the Patriots’ two matches at Friday’s, Oct. 9, PBC/SAC Crossover Volleyball event. Earlier in the day, FMU fell to Lincoln Memorial University 25-19, 25-17, 28-26. Both Reed and junior Carlie Smith posted double-doubles in the win over the Pioneers.
In addition to her 16 kills and a .341 hitting percentage, Reed added 11 digs. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native pushed her career kills total to 1,010. Reed is the first Patriot to reach 1,000 kills since Jessica Lombardi in 2008 and she is the fifth FMU player to reach that plateau in the past 13 seasons. Smith also recorded 16 kills, had a .310 hitting percentage, and dug up 12 balls.
Junior Caroline Boone added 10 kills and five blocks, while freshman Georgia Garrison had nine kills. The setting tandem of junior Samantha Hinrichs and freshman Carrie McGinnis evenly split 52 assists (26 apiece), while sophomore libero Shelbi Meek tallied a career-high 37 digs. Meek’s total is the highest for a Patriot since Jessica Strader dug up 37 balls in a 2006 match against Armstrong Atlantic State University.
FMU trailed on only one occasion, the opening set, and never trailed in capturing set three to take a 2-1 advantage. The marathon fourth set featured 19 ties and seven lead changes. Francis Marion trailed 28-27, but secured the final three points to claim the victory. Reed started the rally with a kill, followed by a Tusculum attacking error, and Smith closed out the match with a kill.
In the loss to Lincoln Memorial (8-6), Boone and Smith led FMU with nine kills each, while Reed added six kills and served three aces. Garrison also pounded out six kills. McGinnis dished out 17 assists, while Hinrichs handed out 10. Smith and Meek each recorded 14 digs to pace the Patriots defensively.