GREENVILLE, S.C. – Amanda Liguori recorded 21 kills as the Wofford volleyball team slipped past Furman, 3-2 (21-25, 28-26, 25-15, 22-25, 18-16), Friday at Alley Gymnasium in Greenville, S.C.
The Terriers held an early 10-8 advantage in the opening set, but the Paladins notched back-to-back points to tie the set at 10-all. The Terriers again took a two-point lead at 15-13, only to have the Paladins retie the set at 15. Following another tie at 16-apiece, Furman took its first lead of the set, 18-16, following a Paladin kill by senior Christina Curry and a Terrier attack error. The Paladins then mounted a 5-2 run to take a 23-18 lead and went on to claim the first set, 25-21.
In set two, Wofford took a 5-2 lead and eventually held a 9-7 margin before Furman pulled even at nine. The Paladins broke open a 10-all tie after putting together a 4-1 run to take a 14-11 lead, then pushed the lead out to five points at 17-12, but Wofford fought back and trimmed the lead to 17-14. Furman maintained a three to four point lead, until Wofford rallied off four-straight points to tie the set at 24. Following a controversial point that tied the set at 25, the Paladins took a 26-25 lead off a kill from junior Christina Dorismond. Facing their second set point and a 2-0 deficit in the match, the Terriers scored the next three points on a Paladin service error, a Reagan Styles ace, and a Liguori kill to win the second set 28-26 and even the set at 1-1 at the break.
The teams battled through five ties to open the third set before the Terriers put together three-consecutive kills to take a 7-5 lead. Wofford held the small lead until Furman tied the set at 13 on a kill fromsenior Chandler Ambrester, but the Terriers reclaimed a two point lead at 15-13 following a Paladin ball handling error and a Woodlee. After another kill by Ambrester cut the margin back to one point, 15-14, Wofford put together a 10-1 run to close out the set, 25-15, and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Paladins opened set four with a 13-8 advantage and held the five-point lead until the Terriers pulled within one at 15-14. Furman answered by pushing the lead out to four points, 18-14, but Wofford again responded with a 5-0 run to take a 19-18 lead. Neither team could pull away as they traded the next seven points. Furman broke a tie at 22, winning the final three points on a kill from Dorismond, a block by Dorismond and freshman Jo Wilks, and a Terrier attack error to earn the 25-22 set win and force a decisive fifth set.
Wofford took an early 5-1 lead in the fifth set, but Furman pulled within two points at 5-3 following consecutive Terrier hitting errors. Wofford held the two-point lead until a kill from Rachel Woodlee pushed the lead to three at 10-7. The lead wavered between two and three points, before the Paladins put together a 4-0 run to reclaim the lead, 13-12. The two teams traded points as Furman fought off match point at 15-14 with a kill by Ambrester. A kill from Curry held off another set point at 16-15, leveling the set at 16 and force a Terrier timeout. Coming out of the timeout Wofford took a 17-16 off a Paladin error and claimed the set, 18-16, and the match on another Paladin error.
Wofford (14-10, 4-7 SoCon) held a slight advantage in hitting percentage with a .278 clip, while Furman hit .223. Wofford had one more kill than Furman, 70-69, but the Paladins held a small edge at the net with eight team blocks compared to seven and a half for Wofford.
Ambrester recorded a double-double for the Paladins, notching a team-high 23 kills and a career-high 20 digs, while Dorismond added 16 kills and four blocks. Senior Caroline Adams had 13 kills in the match-up. Sophomore Katie Harrell claimed a career-high 20 digs, while junior Elle Ross collected 19 digs for the Paladins. Junior Amanda Komisarow claimed 12 digs. Wilks tallied a career-high 62 assists, plus added eight digs and three blocks for Furman.
Furman (19-7, 7-34 SoCon) plays host to Chattanooga Saturday at 2 p.m.