Greenville, S.C. – Furman volleyball swept Upstate-rival Presbyterian, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-16) on Wednesday night in front of 676 fans at Alley Gym. The Paladins move to 4-7 on the year, while the Blue Hose fall to 1-11.
"I'm really happy with winning our home opener, 3-0," Young said. "I think that we're still searching to find our identity as a team, since we have all these new faces. We didn't start out really well, but we improved as the match went on, which was exciting to see. That's our mantra for the season – we have to just keep getting better. We made some adjustments tonight and the people that came off the bench played well, which was also good to see. We're happy with the win."
Furman used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Presbyterian, as Andrea Fisher paced the offense with nine kills. Christina Dorismond and Amelia Bohlander added eight kills each, while Ashton Gregory totaled six kills and Annie Bierman recorded five. Jo Wilks dished out 33 assists, while Elle Ross and Katie Harrell amassed 17 and 10 digs, respectively.
The teams traded points in set one, before Furman used a 9-0 run to take a 17-7 lead in the set. The Blue Hose were never able to get closer than five, as Furman used that balanced offense to take set one, 25-15. The Paladins held the Blue Hose to a -.161 hitting percentage in the set.
Presbyterian jumped out to an early 8-4 lead in set two, but Furman battled back to tie the match at 12. The teams traded points before a kill by Annie Bierman gave the Paladins a 20-18 lead and forced PC to call their first timeout of the set. PC was able to tie the match again at 22, but Furman too advantage of two PC errors and a Bohlander kill to win set two, 25-22, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The teams traded points early in set three, before the Paladins went on a 7-1 run, again served by Katie Harrell, to take a 20-11 lead in the match. Furman then took advantage of key PC errors and kills by Andrea fisher to take set three, 25-16 and the match, 3-0. The Paladins out-hit the Blue Hose .300-.075 in set three.
Furman is back in action on September 27 as they host Chattanooga in the first Southern Conference match of the season.