Elon, N.C. – Furman volleyball dropped just its second conference match of the year Friday, after falling to Elon 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 31-29, 23-25, 14-16) on Friday night in Alumni Gym. The Phoenix move to 14-11 on the season (5-4 SoCon), while the Paladins fall to 11-9 (7-2 SoCon).
Furman was led offensively by senior Christina Dorismond, who paced the Paladins with 18 kills and a .389 hitting percentage. Andrea Fisher (11), Ashton Gregory (10), and Casey Wells (10) each were also in double-digit kills for the Paladins, while Jo Wilks and Ashton Stocker combined to dish out 48 assists. The Paladins hit .176 as a team and recorded eight blocks.
Elon was led by Cali Estes, who recorded a triple-double with 21 kills, 26 assists and 12 digs. She also added three service aces and hit .310. As a team, the Phoenix hit .215 and recorded nine blocks.
The teams traded points in set one until, with the score tied at 10, Elon jumped out to a 13-11 lead, forcing a Furman timeout. The Phoenix continued to stretch its lead, before Furman cut it to two at 17-15 and again at 18-16. Elon used three consecutive kills to stretch their lead to 21-16 and took set one, 25-19, for a 1-0 lead in the match.
The teams again traded points early, this time in set two, before, with the score tied at 14, the Paladins used a 5-0 run to take a 19-14 lead. The Phoenix were able to cut the lead to two at 20-18, but Furman closed the set on a 5-1 run to win set two, 25-19, and tie the match at one set each.
Elon ran out to an early 9-5 lead in set three, forcing a Furman timeout, but the Paladins battled back to tie the score at 13. Elon then stretched its lead back to three at 19-16, but the Paladins again battled back to tie the score at 19 and force a Phoenix timeout. Furman called its second timeout after Elon pushed the lead back to two at 21-19, then once again battled back to tie the score at 21. The teams then traded points until Furman took a 24-23 lead. Elon tied the score at 24 and the teams continued to trade points until Furman capitalized on an Elon service error and got a block from Annie Bierman and Christina Dorismond to take set three, 31-29, and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Elon took a 15-11 lead in set four, before Furman was able to battle back throughout the match to cut the lead to one at 20-19. The Phoenix then capitalized on two Furman errors to take a 22-19 lead and force a Paladin timeout. Elon then had match point at 24-20, but Furman was again able to battle back to cut the lead to one at 24-23, but the Phoenix got a kill to win set four, 25-23, and tie the match at two.
Just as it happened in the previous four sets, the teams traded points early in set five, before Furman tied the set at 12. The Phoenix pushed their lead back to two at 14-12, but Furman was again able to tie the set at 14. Elon then got a kill and used a Furman error to win set 5, 16-14, and take the match, 3-2.
The Paladins now travel to Greensboro, N.C. to face UNCG on Saturday night at 6:00 pm.