STATESBORO, GA. – Meredith Paskert hit .407 with 12 kills to lead the Georgia Southern volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-23) win over Furman Saturday afternoon at Old Hanner Gym in Statesboro, Ga.
The Paladins jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in set one, but the Eagles rallied to tie the score at eight apiece. The teams remained tied at 10, before Georgia Southern went on a 10-3 run to pick up a 20-13 advantage. Furman later scored off a kill from senior Kelly Kirby to cut the lead to 22-15, but the Eagles reeled off three-straight points win the first set, 25-15.
The teams were tied at five to open the second set before Furman took four-consecutive points to build a 9-5 lead. The Paladins continued to lead at 20-15 before the Eagles scored three-straight, cutting the margin to 20-18. Georgia Southern tied the match at 23-all then went ahead off a Furman attack error, but the Paladins were able to tie the match at 24 following a kill from junior Chandler Ambrester. The Eagles again took the lead off a Paladin error, but Furman tied the score at 25 following an Eagle hitting error. Georgia Southern's Hannah Nelson notched a kill and the Eagles capitalized off a Paladin error to take a 27-25 set win and lead 2-0 at the break.
Furman led 11-7 in the third set before Georgia Southern went on a 5-1 run to tie the set a 12-12. The teams were tied at 13 before the Eagles began to inch away, eventually building a 20-15 advantage. The Paladins sliced the margin to two at 22-20, then, with the Eagles leading 23-20, Furman scored three-straight points to tie the match at 23 off a kill from junior Caroline Adams. Georgia Southern recorded back-to-back points off kills by Parker Small and Paskert to win the final set, 25-23.
Furman sophomore Christina Dorismond hit .500 with 11 kills to pace the Paladins, while Kirby notched a team-high 18 assists. Senior Carolyn Nicoletti led Furman's defensive attack with 18 digs, and junior Natalie Braun added 14 additional digs in the effort. Sophomore Sarah McCarthy had 12 assists in the match, and Ambrester recorded 11 digs for Furman.
Hannah Nelson tallied 12 kills for Georgia Southern (9-8, 2-0 SoCon), while Kate Van Dyke paced the Eagles with 34 assists. Lauren LaRocque posted a team-high 17 digs.
Furman (8-6, 1-1 SoCon) will open the home season next Saturday at 2 p.m. versus Samford.