AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University women's volleyball team celebrated 2015 Senior Day on Saturday afternoon in Christenberry Fieldhouse and the Jaguars downed the Francis Marion Patriots 3-1 in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Jaguars (16-13, 7-10 PBC) met the FMU Patriots (14-12, 7-8 PBC) earlier this year on Sept. 23 and they avenged the early-season loss with the four-set victory on Saturday.
Senior Katie Beresford and freshman Savanna Gonzales each had a team-leading 16 kills and senior Alyssa Latham had 29 assists and six digs in the win for the Jags. Kali Boatwright provided 16 digs and three aces, and Sadie Thurston assisted 24 shots.
All three Augusta seniors started the day on the floor with Katie Beresford, Kailla Baptiste, and Alyssa Latham helping the Jags earn the initial point and jump to a quick lead. FMU called an early timeout to slow the Jaguars down in set one and composed their offense to tie the set at 14-all.
The Jags took control of the lead again on a Beresford kill and Augusta held on for a 25-16 set-one win. In set two, the Patriots took a 5-1 lead and held the advantage for the majority of the set.
With Kali Boatwright on serve, Augusta started their comeback and made it a two-point set on a Patriot attacking error. FMU called their second timeout ahead 21-19 and the Jags scored the next two out of the break to tie the set.
FMU hung on in extra points and won 28-26 to tie the match. The third set saw the Pats take a strong first lead again, but the Jags tied the set and took their first lead at 8-7 on a Beresford kill. The set remained back and forth down the stretch, but the Jags prevailed 25-20 in set three and dominated set four 25-11 to win the day.
The Jags host their final regular-season match next Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. against the Georgia College Bobcats in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
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