Birmingham, Ala. – The Furman volleyball team, who had won its last four games, dropped at four-set match at Samford Friday night, 3-1 (16-25, 22-25, 25-17, 20-25). With the loss, the Paladins fall to 15-11 on the season (11-4 SoCon), while the Bulldogs move to 20-10 (11-4 SoCon).
Christina Dorismond led the Paladins with 12 kills and a .440 hitting percentage, while Ashton Gregory added 11 kills, a .429 hitting percentage and a team-high three blocks. Annie Bierman recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 13 digs, while Elle Ross recorded a team-high 19 digs and Jo Wilks turned in 38 assists.
Samford took an early 9-5 lead in set one, before Furman battled back to cut the lead to one at 9-8. The Bulldogs rattled off four-consecutive points to take a 13-8 lead, before the Paladins again battled back and cut the lead to two at 14-12. Samford then took a 16-12 lead, forcing a Furman timeout and stretched their lead to 17-12 following the TO. The Bulldogs closed out the set on at 8-4 run to take set one, 25-16, and grab a 1-0 lead in the match.
The teams traded points early in set two, before Samford used a 5-1 run to take a 16-11 lead. Later, with the Bulldogs leading by one, a Furman error forced the Paladins to call their second timeout of the set with the score at 19-13. The Paladins then used a 7-1 run of their own to tie the set at 20. The teams then traded points until Samford pulled away to take set two, 25-22, and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Furman and Samford again traded points in set three, before Jo Wilks served the Paladins on a 5-0 run with the score tied at 13 to take an 18-13 lead. Samford cut the Furman lead to three at 19-16, but Furman got kills from Ashton Gregory and Christina Dorismond to go on another 5-0 run and take a 24-16 lead. A Samford kill cut the lead to seven at 24-17, but a kill by Annie Bierman ended set three at 25-17 Paladins, cutting the Samford match lead to 2-1.
The fourth set was close from the beginning, until Samford took a 17-14 lead, forcing a Furman timeout. The Paladins battled back to tie the match at 19, but the Bulldogs pulled away with a 4-0 run to put the set out of reach, winning 25-20, and taking the match, 25-20.
Samford was led by junior Michaela Reesor, who put down 19 kills, while senior Katie Murphy had 15 kills and a .480 percentage on the Bulldogs' senior night.
The Paladins travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., to face the Mocs at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday in the final regular season game of 2013.