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September 1, 2012

Byers Surpasses 1,000 Kills in Pacer Split on Final Day of FMU Invitational

FLORENCE. S.C. – Shannon Byers joined the prestigious 1,000-kill club at the University of South Carolina Aiken and the Pacers split two matches during the final day of the Francis Marion Invitational at the Smith University Center.

The Pacers opened Saturday with an easy 3-0 win (25-11, 25-17, 25-15) over Pfeiffer. Newbery was then able to claim a 3-0 victory (25-22, 25-21, 25-20) over USC Aiken in the Pacers' final match of the day.

Byers (Morristown, Minn./Faribault HS) is the seventh Pacer in the 1,000-kill club. She is now the sixth Pacer to have over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in their career.

After USC Aiken's opening four matches of the 2012 season, the senior now has 1,010 kills and 1,134 digs in her career.

Teammate Samantha Lukralle (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst HS) closed out the Francis Marion Invitational with 1,710 digs now in her career. The senior is just 44 digs away from overtaking the school record for career digs.

USC Aiken closed out the Francis Marion Invitational with a 2-2 record.

The Pacers will next play host to the USC Aiken Volleyball Invitational at the Convocation Center on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8. The seven-team tournament will include 14 matches over the course of the two days of the tournament.

USC Aiken will open its annual home event by facing off against North Greenville for the first time since 2008 at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. USC Aiken is 6-0 all-time against the Crusaders. The Pacers will then face off against regional power Wingate at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

USC Aiken will open the second day of the USC Aiken Volleyball Invitational with a 12 p.m. match against Palm Beach Atlantic. The Pacers will then close their home tournament by squaring off against Nova Southeastern for the first time since 2003. The USC Aiken-Nova Southeastern match is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. 

Match One – USC Aiken 3, Pfeiffer 0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-15)

USC Aiken needed only an hour and one minute to dispose of Pfeiffer (0-3) in its first match of the day on Saturday.

The Pacers concluded their emphatic win over the Falcons hitting .323 as a team. The Pacers held Pfeiffer to just .061 hitting as a team.

In a match that 14 Pacer players saw the court, no Pacer was able to secure double figures in kills or digs.

Alyssa Johnson (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley HS) led the Pacers in kills with nine. Ashley Diedrich (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips HS) was just behind with eight kills.

Lukralle led the Pacers with nine digs. Byers concluded the match with eight digs and seven kills.

Sheila Walsh (Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford HS) acquired 14 assists for the Pacers in the match.

Kelly Lancellot and Milana Mervosh finished with eight kills each to lead Pfeiffer in its loss.

Match Two – Newberry 3, USC Aiken 0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20)

The Pacers battled Newberry in every set, but the Wolves were able to secure a three-set win over USC Aiken.

Byers led the Pacers in their loss to Newberry with a double-double. She had a match-high 16 kills to go along with 15 digs.

Lukralle was the only other Pacer with double-digit digs as she had 20.

Walsh led USC Aiken with 12 assists.

Samantha Parris finished with 12 kills to lead Newberry in its win. She also had 15 digs to claim a double-double.

The Pacers closed out the Newberry (3-0) loss hitting .071 as a team. Newberry hit .155 as a team in its win over the Pacers.

USC Aiken held a slight 7-6 total team block advantage.

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