Greenville, S.C. – In Georgia Southern's last trip to Alley Gym as a member of the Southern Conference, Furman volleyball completed a season-sweep of the Eagles when it prevailed, 3-1 (25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21) on Friday night. With the win, the Paladins move to 12-10 on the season (8-3 SoCon), while the Eagles fall to 21-4 (9-2 SoCon). The victory marks the first time the Paladins have swept the Eagles in the regular season since 2009 and pushed Furman's home record to 6-0.
Christina Dorismond paced the Paladins with 16 kills, a .382 hitting percentage and two blocks. Andrea Fisher recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 10 digs, while Casey Wells tied her career-high with 10 kills. Jo Wilks dished out 46 assists and Elle Ross recorded a team-high 15 digs. As a team, the Paladins hit .287 and held Georgia Southern to a .204 hitting percentage. The Eagles came in to the match hitting .238, second in the SoCon.
Georgia Southern took an early 9-5 lead in set one, before the Paladins battled back to cut the lead to one at 9-8. Georgia Southern then pushed their lead to 14-11, before Furman used kills by Christina Dorismond and key errors by Georgia Southern to go on a 9-2 run and take a 20-16 lead, forcing an Eagle timeout. Georgia Southern rallied to cut the Furman lead to one at 20-19, but the Paladins used kills from Casey Wells and Christina Dorismond to hold off the Georgia Southern rally and take set one, 25-21.
It was Furman that jumped out to an early 6-5 lead in set two, before Casey Wells served the Paladins on a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to 12-5. The momentum was all purple in set two and Georgia Southern could never overcome the early deficit, dropping the set 25-15, which allowed Furman to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Paladins hit a blistering .625 in set two and Ashton Gregory lead the way, hitting 1.000 with five kills in five attempts.
The teams traded points in set three until, with the score tied at 8, Furman used a balanced offense to take a 12-10 lead. The Eagles battled back to tie the score at 14, before taking a 15-14 lead in the set. Furman would not go away quietly, as the Paladins rallied to tie the score at 18. Georgia Southern pushed their lead to 20-18 to force a Paladin timeout, but Furman rattled off three straight points to take a 21-20 lead and force a Georgia Southern timeout. The Eagles then closed out the set on a 5-2 run to win 25-22 and cut the Furman overall lead to 2-1.
Georgia Southern took an early 4-1 lead in set four, but the Paladins then used a 7-0 run to take the lead at 8-4. The teams then traded points until Georgia Southern used a 7-2 run of their own to take a 15-14 lead in the set. Following a timeout, Furman went on a 5-0 run to push their lead to 19-15, behind the serving of Casey Wells. Georgia Southern clawed their way back into the set, cutting the Furman lead to one at 22-21, but the Paladins closed out the match on a 3-0 run to win set four, 25-22, and the match, 3-1.
The Paladins are back in action tomorrow as they host The Citadel at 4:00 p.m. in Alley Gym.