GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Chandler Ambrester recorded a double-double with a career-high 24 kills and 14 digs as the Furman volleyball team extended its winning streak to six matches with a spectacular 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 16-14) come-from-behind win over UNC Greensboro Friday at Fleming Gymnasium in Greensboro, N.C.
Down 8-2 in the decisive fifth set, the Paladins rallied to tie the score at 10-apiece. With the teams still knotted at 14-all, Furman senior Caroline Adams notched a key solo block to give the Paladins match point then connected for a kill to complete the victory.
"I am really proud of the team's composure in executing a great comeback," said Furman head coach Michelle Young following the win. "Our players believed in each other and made some big plays. UNCG played very well tonight, and it took everything we had to come away with a victory."
Following a close beginning to set one, the Paladins were down 16-10 before a 7-1 Furman run tied the score at 17. The teams battled through four ties, but the Paladins put together back-to-back points off a Spartan error and a kill from Ambrester for a 23-21 lead. UNCG answered with consecutive points to tie the match at 23, then a kill from Adams, followed by a block from senior Christina Curry and Adams, gave Furman the 25-23 set victory.
Furman jumped out to a quick 7-4 lead in the second set, but UNCG rallied to tie the match at 11-all. The teams remained tied at 20-20 before the Spartans won five out of the set's last six points for a 25-21 win, tying the match at one set apiece at the break.
The teams fought through eight ties at the beginning of set three before Furman put together an 8-3 run to build a 19-14 advantage. The Spartans won three out of four points to cut the lead to 20-17, but the Paladins answered with winners in four of the next five points to establish match point at 24-18. UNCG's Olivia Humphries kept the Spartans in the match with a kill, then UNCG took advantage of a Paladin attack error, but a final kill from Ambrester pushed Furman ahead, 25-20.
Set four also opened with eight ties before the Paladins began to pull away, scoring on consecutive points to take an 11-9 lead. The Spartans rallied to tie the score at 15-all, and the teams again battled through five ties before UNCG put together a 5-0 run to take a 24-20 lead. Furman scored three-straight off a kill and service ace by freshman setter Jo Wilks then a block from Ambrester and Adams, but Humphries again notched a crucial kill to give the Spartans the 25-23 victory, forcing the decisive fifth set.
Wilks recorded her eighth double-double of the season, tallying a team-high 54 assists and a season-high 14 digs in the match-up. Curry led the Paladins with a .429 attack percentage, recording eight kills, while Adams hit .312 with 13 kills and five blocks. Junior Christina Dorismond collected 12 kills, and fellow junior Amanda Komisarow added 13 digs in the victory. Libero Elle Ross notched 12 digs for the Paladins.
Humphries tallied a double-double for UNCG (10-11, 4-5 SoCon) after recording 27 kills and 11 digs in the loss, while Karrian Chambers also notched a double-double with 25 kills and 18 digs. Kellie Orewiler paced the Spartans with 23 digs, while Ari Lysacek posted a team-high 51 assists. Katherine Santiago also collected 18 digs in the loss.
Furman (18-5, 7-2 SoCon) continues its three-match road swing Saturday when the Paladins play at Elon at 7 p.m.