ROCK HILL, S.C. – Senior Chandler Ambrester notched her third-straight double-double with a team-high 17 kills and 10 digs to lead the Furman volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) sweep of Winthrop Tuesday at Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, S.C.
Following an 11-11 tie in set one, the Paladins put together a 5-1 run to lead 16-12 and maintained the four-point advantage at 17-13. The Eagles came within one of Furman at 19-18, but the Paladins reeled off five-straight points, including three-consecutive kills from junior Christina Dorismond, to earn set point. A final kill from Dorismond sealed the 25-19 set victory.
The Paladins jumped out to a quick 10-6 lead in the second set and led 14-8 before Winthrop recorded a 5-2 run to cut the margin to 16-13. Furman answered with a swift 6-2 run of its own to regain the momentum, but the Eagles won four out of the next five points to stay in the match, down 23-19. A Paladin kill from freshman setter Jo Wilks created set point, and an Eagle attack error gave Furman a 2-0 set lead at the break.
Furman held a slight 11-10 advantage in set three before the Paladins went on an 11-2 run to gain control of the match, 22-12. Winthrop scored on four out of the following six points, but another Wilks kill at match point gave Furman a 25-16 win.
Wilks recorded her ninth double-double of the season, collecting 40 asssists and 13 digs. Senior Caroline Adams led the Paladins with a .611 attack percentage, tallying 12 kills, while Dorismond hit .391 with 11 kills in the match-up. Junior libero Elle Ross paced the Paladin defense with 23 kills, and sophomore Katie Harrell added 13 digs in the victory.
Winthrop (11-13) was led by Rachel Lenz, who recorded nine kills. Stephanie Palmer notched a team-high 21 assists, and Kristin Cruse led the Eagles with 14 digs.
Furman (19-6, 7-3 SoCon) plays host to Wofford Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is free to the match, which is part of a nation-wide "Dig Pink" Rally. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match on Friday, in support of the fight against breast cancer.