CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Senior Christina Curry hit .500 with 12 kills as the Furman volleyball team rebounded for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18) win over Western Carolina Sunday afternoon at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C.
The Catamounts jumped out to an early 7-2 lead to open the first set. Following a Paladin timeout, Furman cut the lead two 7-2, but Western Carolina answered with a 6-0 run to push the advantage to 13-4. Later in the match the Paladins went on a 6-1 run of their own to slice the lead to 22-16, but Western Carolina managed to hang on for a 25-17 set victory.
The Paladins came alive in the second set, quickly amassing a 9-2 lead then pushing the advantage to 15-8. Western Carolina came within one point at 19-18, but three consecutive Catamount errors gave the Furman a 22-18 lead. Following a Western Carolina kill, the Paladins put together three-consecutive points to end the set and take a 25-19 win.
Following the break, the Paladins put together a 10-3 run to open the third set and eventually led 17-6. Western Carolina went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 17-13, before Furman went on a 5-2 run later in the match to lead 24-18. Following two Catamount points, a Western Carolina service error gave the Paladins the 20-25 victory.
Again in the fourth set, Furman jumped out to an early 9-3 lead and took control of the set. Western Carolina came within three points at 19-16, but a 7-2 run by the Paladins gave Furman a 25-18 win to end the match.
Junior Natalie Braun recorded a triple-double for the Paladins with 10 kills, 26 assists, and 20 digs, while senior Kelly Kirby added a double-double with 11 assists and 19 digs. Senior Carolyn Nicoletti tallied 20 digs in the match-up.
Western Carolina (9-15, 4-4 SoCon) was led by Caitlin Piechota, who notched 11 kills. Brittany Lysik added a double-double with 32 assists and 14 digs, while Morgan Chochran paced the Catamount defense with 25 digs.
Furman (13-7, 6-2 SoCon) will entertain UNG Greensboro Friday at 6 p.m. in Alley Gymnasium.