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Paladins Open Homestand With 3-0 Win Over Western Carolina

Paladins Open Homestand With 3-0 Win Over Western Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Senior Caroline Adams hit .455 with 11 kills to lead the Furman volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16) win over Western Carolina Friday night at Alley Gymnasium in Greenville, S.C.

The teams were knotted at seven in the opening set when the Paladins put together three-straight points for a 10-7 lead.  Western Carolina came within one of Furman at 11-10 before the Paladins went on a 10-1 run fueled by powerful serves from Adams and freshman Caitlyn Scioscia and four kills from junior Christina Dorismond to gain control of the set, taking a 25-15 victory.

Following a 2-2 tie in set two, the Paladins put together an 8-2 run to build a 10-5 advantage.  Furman led by six at 17-11, but Western Carolina put together three-consecutive points to cut the lead to three at 17-14.  The Paladins answered with a 5-1 stretch to build a 22-15 advantage, as the team took a 25-18 win to lead 2-0 at the break.

The Catamounts came out strong to open set three, establishing an 8-5 lead before Furman capitalized off three consecutive Western Carolina errors to tie the set.  Up by one at 13-12, the Paladins won six of the next eight points for a 19-14 advantage then completed the victory with a 6-2 run to end the match.

"Our offense was very effective tonight," said Furman head coach Michelle Young following the win.  "Every match is a big match for us from here on out.  We need to stay focused through the meat of season so we have an opportunity for some big matches at the end to earn the division title."

Senior Natalie Braun posted a team-high 13 kills and added nine digs for Furman, while Dorismond hit .421 and contributed nine kills.  Libero Elle Ross paced the Paladin defense with 11 digs, and junior Amanda Komisarow collected nine digs.  Freshman Jo Wilks led Furman with 39 assists in the victory.

Western Carolina (7-15, 3-4 SoCon) was led by Abbey Scroggins, who hit.700 with eight kills.  Caitlin Piechota recorded 10 digs, and Tina Nazario had 26 assists.

Furman (16-5, 5-2 SoCon) continues its home stand Saturday when the Paladins face Appalachian State at 5:30 p.m. in Alley Gymnasium.