Greensboro, N.C. – Furman volleyball dropped a hard-fought match on Saturday night at UNCG, 3-1 (26-24, 18-25, 16-25, 26-28). The Spartans push their record to 13-10 (6-4 SoCon), while the Paladins fall to 11-10 (7-3 SoCon). The match was part of UNCG's homecoming weekend festivities.
Andrea Fisher paced the Paladin offense, putting down 15 kills and adding 11 digs for her team-high sixth double-double of the season. Christina Dorismond continued her consistent play in the middle with 12 kills and two blocks. Annie Bierman recorded 11 kills and a team-high .300 hitting percentage, while Jo Wilks dished out 43 assists and Elle Ross tallied a team-high 22 digs. Ashton Gregory recorded eight kills and also added eight blocks for the Paladins.
UNCG had three player record 18 or more kills and each player hit at least .300. The Spartans also had three players with double-digit digs, and setter Sara Hohman recorded 54 assists.
UNCG jumped out to an early 12-5 lead in set one, forcing a Paladin timeout. Furman then was able to rally and cut the lead to three at 14-11, before UNCG used an 8-3 run to push their lead to 22-14. Then, Furman used their own 10-1 run to tie the set at 23 and then take a 24-23 lead. UNCG tied the set at 24, but Furman got kills from Ashton Gregory and Casey Wells to win set one, 26-24, and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Paladins took an early 7-4 lead in the match and continued to stretch their lead to 10-6. Then, UNCG rallied to tie the score at 12, then again at 13, before using a 6-0 run to take a 19-13 lead. The Spartans held on to their lead for the rest of the set, not allowing Furman to get any closer than six, en route to a 25-18 set two victory, to tie the match at 1.
UNCG capitalized on their momentum after the set two win, jumping out to a 13-6 lead in set three, forcing a Furman timeout. The Paladins cut the lead to five at 15-10, but UNCG continued to keep their foot on the gas and force another Furman timeout at 18-10. UNCG then out-scored the Paladins 7-6 throughout the rest of the set, winning set three 25-16 and taking a 2-1 lead in the match.
The teams traded points in set four, until UNCG opened their largest lead of the set at 16-13. The Paladins then used kills from Andrea Fisher and a block by Ashton Gregory/Martha Robinson to tie the set at 17 and force a UNCG timeout. The teams then traded points until Furman had set point at 25-24 to force another UNCG timeout. The Spartans tied the set at 25, but the Paladins battled back to tie the set again at 26. UNCG then got two kills to take set four, 28-26, and win the match, 3-1.
The Paladins return home to Alley Gym next weekend and host Georgia Southern on Friday and The Citadel on Saturday.