CHARLESTON, S.C. – Junior Christina Dorismond hit .667 with 11 kills as the Furman volleyball team rolled past The Citadel, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-10) Saturday in Charleston.
The Bulldogs led throughout the first half of the opening set before the Paladins managed to tie the score at 14. The Citadel won five out of the next six points for a 19-15 advantage, but Furman came alive to score nine of the following tean points to tie the match at 20-all then go ahead 24-20. The Bulldogs answered with three-consecutive points to pull within one before a kill by Dorismond clinched the 25-23 set victory.
The Paladins jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead in set two. The Citadel came within three points of the Paladins at 13-10, but Furman put together a 7-1 run to gain control of the set, 20-11. A kill from senior Caroline Adams, followed by a block by senior Natalie Braun and Adams, gave Furman match point, and a Citadel attack error yielded a 2-0 Paladin set lead at the break.
The third set belonged to Furman, as the Paladins hit .517 for the set and put together an 11-1 run early on to eventually lead 20-6. Furman won three out of the match's last four points off key kills from senior Chandler Ambrester and Adams, capping a 25-10 set win for the victory.
Braun tallied a double-double, her 13th of the season, after collecting 10 kills and 11 digs. Ambrester paced the Paladins with 13 kills, while adding eight digs, and rookie Jo Wilks continued her dominance as the Furman setter, notching 41 assists, two kills, and five digs. Junior libero Elle Ross posted 11 digs for the evening, and freshman Caitlyn Scioscia added seven digs for the Paladins.
The Citadel (2-18, 0-6 SoCon) was led by Amanda Rudnik, who tallied seven kills and six digs. Erin Bucheri paced the Bulldog defense with 13 digs, and setter Rachel Keefer recorded a team-high 16 assists.
Furman (14-5, 3-2 SoCon) concludes its road swing Sunday when the Paladins play at the College of Charleston at 2 p.m.