The Francis Marion University volleyball program will host its annual FMU Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 17-18) in the Smith University Center.  Admission is free.

The six-team event will feature six matches each day beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at about 9 p.m.

Francis Marion (3-5) will face the University of Charleston WV (5-3) on Friday at 1 p.m. and 19th-ranked University of West Florida (7-1) at 7 p.m.  On Saturday, FMU will play Queens University of Charlotte (5-1) at 1 p.m. and Gannon University (7-1) at 7 p.m.

Senior hitter Alyssa Hansen leads Francis Marion with 2.53 kills per set, while senior middle blocker Iyanla Thigpen registers 2.30 kills per set with a .238 hitting percentage and a team-high 0.83 blocks per set.  Sophomore setter Kaylee Gillespie is handing out 9.77 assists per set, while freshman libero Zoie Larkins is recording a team-best 4.07 digs per set.  Larkins also leads the team with 14 service aces.

Friday, September 17
Time                Home                          Visitor
9 am                Gannon                       Queens NC
11 am              Mount Olive                 West Florida
1 pm                Francis Marion            Charleston WV
3 pm                Gannon                       Mount Olive
5 pm                Queens NC                 Charleston WV
7 pm                Francis Marion            West Florida
Saturday, September 18
Time                Home                          Visitor
9 am                Mount Olive                Queens NC
11 am              Charleston WV           West Florida
1 pm                Francis Marion            Queens NC
3 pm                Gannon                       West Florida
5 pm                Mount Olive                Charleston WV
7 pm                Francis Marion            Gannon

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