GREENVILLE, S.C. – Senior Chandler Ambrester hit .552 with 18 kills to help the Furman volleyball team extended its home winning streak to 18 matches with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-11) win over Presbyterian Wednesday in Alley Gymnasium.
The teams were tied at nine apiece after battling through a close opening set when the Paladins put together a 5-3 run to lead 15-12. The Blue Hose answered with consecutive points to cut the lead to one point before Furman connected on four-straight points to push its advantage to 19-15, gaining momentum en route to a 25-20 set win.
Following a 3-3 opening to set two, the Paladins capitalized off consecutive kills from seniors Natalie Braun, Ambrester, and Caroline Adams for a 6-3 lead. Presbyterian remained within two at 8-6, but Furman put together a 6-0 run sparked by strong serves from freshman Payton Frappier for a 14-6 advantage. The Blue Hose stayed in the match, down 19-16, before the Paladins won four out of the next five points to put the match out of reach, taking a 25-18 victory for a 2-0 set lead at the break.
After five ties at the beginning of set three, Furman won four consecutive points to lead 9-5. The teams traded points then with the Paladins leading 10-7 and Braun at the service line, Furman reeled off seven-straight points to take firm control of the match and roll to a 25-11 win.
"We wanted to get a good solid win tonight before we start our Southern Conference schedule," said Ambrester. "Everyone is playing really well, so we feel pretty good going into the conference season. It is nice to open the conference season in Alley Gymnasium. We love this gym, and every time we step onto the court we want to defend it."
Braun recorded her eighth double-double of the season, posting 11 kills and 12 digs for the evening. Junior Christina Dorismond hit .522 with 13 kills and six blocks, while fellow junior Elle Ross posted a team-high 16 digs. Freshman Jo Wilks led the team with 43 assists.
"We knew that this past week was going to be a tough one, considering the number of matches we played and all of the travel," said Furman head coach Michelle Young following the win. "We got a ton of experience with the variety of teams we saw, which will be good preparation as we head into the conference season."
Rachel Hall led Presbyterian (2-10) with nine kills, while Mary Trimpe paced the Blue Hose defense with 17 digs. Ashtin Frank notched a team-high 25 assists.
Furman (10-3) has the weekend off before opening Southern Conference play on Sept. 21, when the Paladins face Davidson at 8 p.m. in Alley Gymnasium.