GREENVILLE, S.C. – Sophomore Christina Dorismond hit .556 with 11 kills as the Furman volleyball team held off The Citadel 3-1 (25-16, 17-25, 25-18, 25-12) Saturday night in Alley Gymnasium in Greenville, S.C.
Following a 4-4 tie at the beginning of set one, the Paladins went on a 9-3 run to break open the game and take a 13-7 lead. Furman continued to control the set, moving on to a 25-16 victory.
The teams battled to a 7-7 tie to open the second set before Furman reeled off four-straight points for an 11-7 advantage. With the Paladins up 13-9, the Bulldogs turned the set around, scoring four-consecutive points to tie the set at 13-apiece. Following a 14-all tie, the Citadel scored off three-consecutive Bulldog kills to gain control of the set at 17-14. After a Bulldog advantage of 20-15, the Paladins scored off a Citadel attack error, then a kill from Dorismond cut the lead to 20-17. The Citadel, who hit .517 in set two, strung together five-straight points to end the set at 25-17 and even the match score at one set apiece.
The Paladins regrouped following the break and jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead in set three. The Citadel slowly cut the deficit, coming within five at 16-11, but Furman remained in control and came away with a 25-18 set win.
With the score tied at 8-8 in the fourth set, Furman put together a 7-1 run to take a 15-9 advantage. Following a Paladin service error, a kill by senior Alexis Shafer put junior Natalie Braun on the service line, where she led the team in a 5-0 run, giving the Paladins 21-10 lead and putting the match out of reach.
"We knew this would be a tough match against a scrappy team," said Furman head coach Michelle Young following the win. "The Citadel hit over .500 in the second set, but I was proud of the girls for bouncing back and handling them well in the next two sets."
Braun and Kirby tallied double-doubles in the win, as Braun recorded 11 kills and 16 assists and Kirby notched 10 kills and a team-high 22 assists. Senior Carolyn Nicoletti led the Paladin defense with 15 digs, while sophomore Elle Ross added 10 additional digs in the win. Shaffer tied Dorismond and Braun's 11 kills, while junior Caroline Adams added eight kills and seven blocks for Furman.
The Citadel (7-11, 0-6 SoCon) was led by Kaona Mercer's 17 kills, while Alexa Dalstom recorded 30 assists. Rachael Farrell posted a team-high 13 digs in the loss.
Furman (12-6, 5-1 SoCon) will play at Appalachian State next Saturday at 5 p.m.