Statesboro, Ga. – Andrea Fisher and Christina Dorismond each recorded double-digit kills and the Paladins were able to outlast Georgia Southern, 3-2 (25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9), on Friday night to remain unbeaten in SoCon play. Furman, who started the season at 0-5, has won eight of its last 10 matches and five matches in a row. The win was the first for the Paladins in Statesboro since a 3-2 victory on October 30, 2009.
Fisher turned in one her greatest performances in a Paladin uniform, recording a career-high 21 kills and a career-high 18 digs for her fourth double-double of the season, while adding a season-high five blocks. Dorismond put down 17 kills and three blocks, while hitting a team-high .412.
Ashton Gregory added six blocks, while Elle Ross totaled 29 digs. Annie Bierman recorded her first 20-dig performance as a Paladin and Jo Wilks dished out 46 assists. As a team, the Paladins hit .239 to Georgia Southern's .202 and out-blocked the Eagles, 10-8.
Georgia Southern took an early 6-1 lead in set one, but the Paladins battled back to tie the game at 8 after an Andrea Fisher kill. Then, with the score tied at 11, Furman used an Eagle error, a Fisher kill, and a block by Fisher and Dorismond to take a 14-11 lead. The teams traded points until Furman pushed their lead to 18-14 after an Annie Bierman kill, forcing a Georgia Southern timeout. Furman continued to lead throughout the set, until Georgia Southern cut the lead to one at 24-23, forcing a Paladin timeout. Furman was able to use a Georgia Southern error to take set one, 25-23.
The teams traded points in set two, before Georgia Southern took a 13-9 lead to force a Paladin timeout. The Eagles then used a 4-1 run to push their lead to 17-10. Furman cut the Georgia Southern lead to four at 21-17, but the Eagles held off the Paladin rally to take set two, 25-18, and tie the match at one.
The teams again traded points in set three, until, with the score tied at 14, Georgia Southern opened up a 17-14 lead. The Paladins used kills by Dorismond and Bierman and Georgia Southern errors to tie the match at 18. However, the Eagles closed the match on a 7-3 run to win set three, 25-21, and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Furman used an early 7-3 run to force a Georgia Southern timeout in set four. Furman then capitalized on Georgia Southern errors and used kills from Ashton Gregory to force another GSU timeout at 11-4. The Eagles would never get closer than seven as the Paladins held them to a .000 hitting percentage en route to a 25-15 victory in set four to tie the match at two.
Set five was close from the outset, as the teams were back-and-forth until switching sides with Georgia Southern leading 8-7. After tying the set at 8, Furman used three consecutive kills from Dorismond to push the lead to 11-8. Georgia Southern cut the lead to two at 11-9, but Furman closed out the set on a 4-0 run to take set five, 15-9, and the match, 3-2.
The Paladins continue their SoCon road swing as they travel to Boone and Cullowhee, N.C., next weekend to face Appalachian State and Western Carolina on October 11 and 13, respectively.