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Seniors Lead Furman Past Elon, 3-1

Elle Ross
Elle Ross

Greenville, S.C. – Behind the solid play of seniors Christina Dorismond and Elle Ross, Furman outlasted Elon, 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19) on senior night in Alley Gym. With the win, the Paladins move to 15-10 (11-3 SoCon) on the season and finish the home season undefeated in Alley Gym (9-0), while Elon falls to 16-14 (7-7 SoCon).

Christina Dorismond recorded double-digit kills for the 17th time this season, putting down 10 kills with one error for a .409 hitting percentage. She also added three digs and a team-high five blocks. Elle Ross had her ninth game with 20+ kills, recording 25 and adding a service ace and two assists. Andrea Fisher led the Paladins with 14 kills, while Ashton Gregory put down 11 kills with no errors for a .524 hitting percentage. Casey Wells had her second-consecutive game hitting better than .400, putting down 12 kills and a .526 percentage. As a team, the Paladins hit .353, held Elon to a .185 hitting percentage and out-blocked the Phoenix, 10-6.

Elon took an early 10-8 lead in set one, before the Paladins used a 6-1 run to take a 14-11 lead and force an Elon timeout. The momentum then swung back to the Phoenix, who used a 7-2 run of their own to take an 18-16 lead and force a Furman timeout. The Paladins used another run, this time of 4-1 to take a 20-19 lead, but Elon outscored the Paladins 6-2 at the end to take set one, 25-22, and a 1-0 lead in the match. The Paladins hit .500 in set one, led by Casey Wells (5-for-5, 1.000) and Andrea Fisher (6-for-8, .750).

It was Furman who took the early 10-7 lead in set two, forcing an Elon timeout. After cutting the Paladin lead to one at 10-9, the Phoenix then allowed Furman to use a 9-3 run to take a 19-12 lead. Elon scored two-straight points, but the Paladins outscored the Phoenix 6-2 at the end to take set two, 25-16, and tie the match at one. Furman hit .355 in set two and held Elon to a .129 hitting percentage.

Furman took an early 12-7 lead in set three forcing an Elon timeout. The Phoenix cut the Paladin lead to three at 10-9, but Furman used a 5-1 run to open the lead to 17-10. Elon put down three straight points, but Furman finished the set on an 8-3 run to dominate set three, 25-16, and take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Paladins hit .375 and held the Phoenix to a .056 hitting percentage in the set.

Elon owned set four early, taking a 10-4 lead, but the Paladins stormed back to cut the Phoenix lead to one at 12-11. After a controversial 12th point for the Paladins, the Elon head coach was issued a yellow card and a red card to award the Paladins a free point and give Furman the lead at 13-12. Elon was able to retake the lead and stretch it to three at 16-13, but the Paladins again stormed back on a 6-1 run to take a 19-17 lead. Elon got a kill out of a timeout to cut the lead to one at 19-18, but the Paladins scored six of the last seven points to take set four, 25-19, and the match, 3-1.

The Paladins close out the SoCon regular season on the road next weekend, traveling to Samford and Chattanooga on Friday and Saturday.