DAVIDSON, N.C. – Sophomore Caroline Adams hit .526 with 11 kills and two blocks to lead the Furman volleyball team past Davidson, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-20), Saturday night in Davidson, N.C.
The two teams battled through nine ties early in the first set before Davidson pulled away for a 19-14 lead. Furman then went on an 8-1 run, sparked by two kills by sophomore Chandler Ambrester, putting the Paladins ahead 22-21. Back-to-back kills by Ambrester and senior Katherine Hall gave Furman a 24-22 advantage. Jorden Benedict posted a Wildcat kill to bring Davidson within one point, but a final kill by Adams gave the Paladins a 25-23 win in the first set.
Furman jumped out to an early lead in the second set and went on to notch a 25-13, taking a 2-0 set advantage at the break. Davidson and Furman again fought through a close beginning to the third set, with the teams recording six ties before the Wildcats took a 13-9 lead. The Paladins then went on an 7-3 run to tie the match at 16 apiece. Davidson won the next two points to take an 18-16 advantage, but the Paladins came on strong to end the match, winning nine of the last 11 points to post a 25-20 win in the set.
Junior Kelly Kirby led the Paladins with 26 assists. Sophomore Natalie Braun posted nine kills and 14 digs, while Ambrester added eight kills and 14 digs in the match. Freshman Elle Ross tallied 10 digs in the effort.
Sarabeth Peele led Davidson (14-14, 5-6 SoCon) with nine kills in the match, and Hayley Lawson added a team-high 29 assists. Jennifer Chamblee recorded 23 digs to lead the Wildcats defensively.
Furman (14-10, 8-4 SoCon) will play its final two home matches this week. The Paladins face Wofford Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Alley Gymnasium, before closing out the home season against UNC Greensboro at Furman Senior Night Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is free to both matches.