Chattanooga, Tenn. – Despite facing deficits in sets one and three, Furman volleyball defeated Chattanooga, 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-22) on Saturday night in the final game of the 2014 regular season. The win moves the Paladins to 21-6, 14-2 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Mocs to 13-18, 6-10 SoCon.
Ashton Gregory paced the Paladins with 17 kills and a .448 hitting percentage. Annie Bierman added 10 kills, a .417 hitting percentage, two aces and 10 digs, while Payton Frappier turned in a team-high 11 digs. Jo Wilks dished out 41 assists, as the Paladins recorded 50 kills and a .279 hitting percentage.
Chattanooga opened the match on a tear, jumping out to a 10-3 lead over the Paladins. The teams traded three-point runs until Furman used a 4-0 run to cut the Moc lead to two at 15-13, forcing Chattanooga to take its first timeout. The teams traded points until a Chattanooga kill pushed the Moc lead back to three, prompting the Paladins to call their final timeout of the set. Furman rattled off three-straight points to tie the match at 19, before Chattanooga pushed the lead back to two at 21-19. Three-straight Furman points gave the Paladins their first lead of the set at 22-21, forcing Chattanooga to take its second timeout of the set. Out of the timeout, the teams traded points until two-straight Furman points gave the Paladins the 26-24 set-one victory.
The teams traded points early in set two, until three straight Furman points prompted Chattanooga to call its first timeout of the set, with the Paladins leading 8-5. The teams continued to trade points until consecutive Furman points pushed the lead to four at 19-15, forcing Chattanooga to call its second timeout. Furman then closed out the set on a 6-4 run, taking set two 25-19, for a 2-0 lead in the match.
The teams again traded points in set three, before Chattanooga went on a quick 4-0 run, prompting a Furman timeout. Out of the timeout, the Mocs continued to add to the lead, stretching it to four at 17-13. Furman clawed its way back into the set, however, using a 4-0 run of its own to tie the match at 17. The teams then traded points until Furman used another run, this time at 3-0, to take a 21-19 lead, forcing a Chattanooga timeout. The Mocs came back to tie the set at 21, but Furman used a 4-1 run to take the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-0.
Furman is back in action this weekend, beginning play in the Southern Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon as the #1 seed.