Outside attacker Oshane Farquharson stepped up in a historic match for the SIAC to deliver a milestone win for Fort Valley State.
Farquharson finished with a match-high 11 kills on a .368 attack percentage as Fort Valley State swept Benedict 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 on Friday in the inaugural SIAC men’s volleyball conference match.
This home victory was not only the first win for Fort Valley State but also the first win for any SIAC program. Fort Valley State and Benedict are among the six first-year programs in the SIAC, which added men’s volleyball as a conference sport this season.
Fort Valley State playing with a roster overwhelmingly comprised of freshmen out-hit Benedict .175 to negative-.043 and had three players with at least five kills.
Along with Farquharson, outside attacker Jamil Scott contributed eight kills and opposite Jaxon Hicks had six kills on a .308 attack percentage.
Hicks added a match-high four aces, including back-to-back aces as part of a 6-0 run early in the final game. The opposite also was one of three Wildcats with three blocks against the Tigers.
Only one Benedict player ended the conference match hitting more than zero. Outside attacker Benjamin Attles led Benedict with eight kills on a .174 attack percentage and added two aces.