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Furman Downs Presbyterian College, 3-1, on Thursday

Annie Bierman
Annie Bierman

Clinton, S.C. – Behind the play of captain Annie Bierman and senior Andrea Fisher, Furman downed PC, 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-21) on Tuesday night in Presbyterian College's Templeton Center.

Bierman led the Paladins offensively with 16 kills and 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Fisher put down 12 kills with only two errors and added three blocks. Ashton Gregory recorded another double-digit kill game with 10 and four blocks, while Amelia Bohlander and Kasey Hohlen each had nine kills. Jo Wilks recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 48 assists and 13 digs, while Meg DeMaar was in double-digit digs again with 15.

Set one was tight from the first serve, with the teams trading points until PC was able to take an 11-9 lead. An Andrea Fisher kill followed by three-straight from Annie Bierman swung the momentum the Paladins' way, giving Furman a 14-11 lead. PC clawed its way back to tie the match at 14, then again at 18, eventually taking a 19-18 lead back from the Paladins. Furman rallied to take a 20-19 lead, but PC scored the next two points to take a 21-20 lead and force a Furman timeout. The Blue Hose stretched the lead to three at 24-22, prompting Furman to take its second timeout of the set. Furman cut the lead to one out of the timeout, but the Blue Hose held on to take set one, 25-23.

Furman jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in set two, then pushed the lead to five at 8-3, forcing PC's first timeout of the set. Furman then rattled off five-straight points to push the lead to 13-3 and prompt PC's final timeout of set two. PC finally broke Ashton Gregory's serve as the Paladins held on to a 14-4 lead. Furman pushed the lead to 13 at 16-6, but PC used a 4-0 run of their own to force a Furman timeout with the score at 19-10. Two-straight PC points cut the lead to seven at 19-12, but an Annie Bierman kill, PC error and Ashton Gregory block pushed the lead back to 10 at 22-12. The Blue Hose cut into the lead again at 22-15, but the Paladins used three-straight points to take set two, 25-15, and tie the match at one. Furman held PC to a -.148 hitting percentage in set two, while the Paladins hit .233 as a team.

The Paladins opened up a six-point lead in set three at 11-5, highlighted by the serving of Jo Wilks and Payton Frappier to force PC's first third-set timeout. Furman continued to hold the lead at 14-6, but a 5-0 PC run cut the Paladin lead to three at 14-11. Furman then used a 4-2 run to again push the lead to five at 18-13. The Blue Hose then used a 3-1 run of their own to cut the Furman lead to three at 19-16, but kills from Kasey Hohlen and Amelia Bohlander stretched Furman's lead back to five at 21-16 and force a PC timeout. Furman closed the set on a 5-2 run, taking set three, 25-18 and a 2-1 lead in the match.

It was PC who opened up a 9-4 lead in set four. Furman cut the lead to three at 9-6 and the teams traded points until the Blue Hose pushed the lead to 12-8, forcing a Furman timeout. After the timeout, the Paladins rallied to take a lead at 13-12, prompting a PC timeout. The Paladins pushed the lead to 16-14, before PC rallied to tie the set at 16. Two-straight Blue Hose points pushed their lead to 18-16, forcing the Paladins second timeout of the set. The teams then traded points until a 4-0 Furman run gave the Paladins a 21-20 lead, forcing PC to take its second timeout of the set. Furman ended the match on a 4-1 run to take set four, 25-21, and the match, 3-1.

The Paladins are back in action on Tuesday night as they open SoCon play at ETSU.