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Furman Sweeps Winthrop, 3-0

Chandler Ambrester, 2012
Chandler Ambrester, 2012

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.