GREENVILLE, S.C. – Junior Caroline Adams hit .524 with 11 kills and six blocks as the Furman volleyball team blanked Elon, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-21), Saturday night in Alley Gymnasium in Greenville, S.C.
The teams battled through a close start to the first set. With the score tied at 13, Furman went on an 8-2 run to take a 21-15 lead on its way to a 25-18 victory. Again in the second set, the teams fought through a close beginning, settling into a 12-all tie before the Paladins put together three-consecutive points to take control of the match. The Phoenix remained within four points of Furman at 20-16, but the Paladins capitalized off three-consecutive Elon attack errors to take a 23-16 advantage in the set, rolling to a 25-18 win to take a 2-0 lead at the break.
Following a 9-9 tie in the third set, Furman put together a 4-1 run to lead 13-10, but Elon came alive, winning six-straight points to build a 16-13 advantage. The Phoenix stretched the lead to 19-15 before an 8-0 run turned the tables in the Paladins' favor, 23-19. Behind the strong support of the home crowd, Furman held off a final surge from Elon, sealing the match with a 25-21 set-three victory.
"Our defense really picked up this weekend," said Adams following the match. "We need to bring this fight into our away games and take this energy into the Southern Conference Tournament."
Furman junior Natalie Braun notched a double-double in the win, recording 10 kills and a team-high 17 assists, while senior Kelly Kirby added 16 assists in the match-up. Senior Alexis Shaffer hit .421 with nine kills, and senior libero Carolyn Nicoletti paced the Paladin defensive attack with 15 digs. Sophomore Elle Ross also tallied 11 digs in the victory.
Elon (16-10, 4-6 SoCon) was led by senior Caroline Lemke, who recorded nine kills. Senior Megan McMahon added 24 assists, and junior libero Ali Deatsch had eight digs for the Phoenix.
Furman (15-7, 8-2 SoCon) begins a four-match road swing at Chattanooga on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.