Spartanburg, S.C. – Using a career-high 20 kills from junior Andrea Fisher, Furman volleyball was able to outlast Wofford, 3-2 (25-21, 24-26, 25-15, 23-25, 15-7), on Wednesday night in Ben Johnson Arena. The Paladins evened their overall record at 7-7, ran their winning-streak to four matches, and remains unbeaten in SoCon play at 3-0. The Terriers fell to 5-12 on the season, 0-3 in the SoCon.
Fisher recorded 20 kills in 50 swings with seven errors for a .260 hitting percentage. She also added seven digs and three blocks. Senior Christina Dorismond put down 14 kills in 28 swings with just one error for a season- high .464 hitting percentage, while also adding four digs and five blocks. Jo Wilks recorded the Paladins only double-double of the night, as she dished out 50 assists and tallied 13 digs. Elle Ross added a career-high 36 digs, while Taina Joseph set career highs in kills (5) and blocks (7). As a team, the Paladins out-hit the Terriers .273-.141, and recorded 12 blocks to Wofford's three.
The teams traded points throughout set one, until Wofford was able to take a 20-18 lead, forcing a Furman timeout. The Terriers pushed their lead to 21-18, but Furman rattled off seven-straight points to win set one, 25-21, and take a 1-0 lead in the match. Christina Dorismond and Amelia Bohlander each recorded three kills in set one and the Paladins held Wofford to a .178 hitting percentage in the set.
Furman took an early 6-3 lead in set two, before Wofford rallied and the teams traded points until the score was tied at 14. Wofford opened up their biggest lead of the set at 17-14, but Furman was able to battle back to tie the score at 18. Wofford then pushed their lead back to two at 20-18, 21-19, and then 22-20, forcing a Furman timeout. The Paladins would not go quietly as they used four-straight points to tie the set at 24, but Wofford was able to fight off the Furman rally and take set two, 26-24, and tie the match at one. Andrea Fisher led the Paladins in set two, putting down five kills and adding six digs.
The Paladins again took a 6-3 lead in set three, before pushing the lead to 13-9, forcing a Wofford timeout after a Christina Dorismond kill. Then, with the score at 15-12 Furman, Dorismond served the Paladins on a 5-1 run to take a 20-13 lead. Furman then outscored the Terriers 5-2 to win set three, 25-15, and take a 2-1 lead in the match. Andrea Fisher again led the Paladins, putting down six kills in the set. Furman hit a scorching .519, while holding Wofford to a .054 percentage in the set.
The teams traded points in set four before, with the score tied at 15, Wofford used a quick 3-0 run to force Furman's first timeout of the set. The Terriers pushed their lead to four at 21-17, but the Paladins would not be put away as they cut the lead to one at 21-20. Wofford again pushed out to a three point lead at 24-21, but Furman cut the lead to one at 24-23, forcing a Terrier timeout. Wofford then got a kill out of the timeout to win set four, 25-23, and force a fifth set.
Set five was all Furman from the start, as the Paladins stormed out to a 10-3 lead. Wofford would never get closer than seven points, as Furman took set five, 15-7, and the match, 3-2. Andrea Fisher and Casey Wells each had four kills in the set and Furman hit .667 as a team.
The Paladins hit the road again on Friday as they travel to Statesboro, Ga., to take on Georgia Southern in a 6:00 p.m. contest.