Charlotte, N.C. – Behind a career-high 15 kills from Carris Campbell, Furman volleyball downed Charlotte, 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22), on Friday evening in Halton Arena. The win moves the Paladins to 6-4 on the year while the loss drops Charlotte to 3-7.
Campbell finished with a career-high 15 kills, hitting .538 with two blocks, while Annie Bierman put down a team-high 16 kills and a career-high 24 digs for her sixth double-double on the season. Taina Joseph finished with a season-high tying 14 kills and Meg DeMaar added 22 digs.
Charlotte was led by Semen Sen and Abreia Epps with 14 kills each, while Shelby Green added 22 digs.
Charlotte jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in set one, but the Paladins rallied behind the serving of Caitlyn Scioscia to tie the set at six. The 49ers then used a 4-0 run to open up a 10-6 lead and the teams traded points to keep the lead at four until the 49ers were able to push the lead to five at 14-9. Annie Bierman then served Furman on a 5-0 run to tie the match at 14. The teams traded points until, with the match tied at 18, Charlotte used two-straight points to take a 20-18 lead and force a Furman timeout. The teams then traded 2-0 runs until Furman tied the set at 22 and forced Charlotte's first timeout. Furman took a 23-22 lead, but UNCC used back-to-back points to grab set point and force a Furman timeout. Out of the timeout, the Paladins used three-straight points, including a block by Taina Joseph and Christen Sikora, to take the set, 28-26, for a 1-0 match lead.
Charlotte again opened an early lead in set two, taking a 7-1 lead. Charlotte held on to a 10-5 lead, but a 4-0 run by the Paladins cut the lead to one at 10-9 and forced the 49ers first timeout. Out of the timeout, Furman continued its run to take a 11-10 lead, but Charlotte rallied for four-straight points to retake the lead at 14-11. Furman used a 4-0 run to take a 15-14 lead, then the teams traded points until three-straight 49er points gave Charlotte a 20-17 lead. Three-straight Furman points tied the set at 20, but service errors by each team put the 49ers back in front at 22-21. The Paladins rallied for a 23-22 lead, but the 49ers again would not go down quietly, using back-to-back points to take a 24-23 lead and force a Furman timeout. Out of the timeout, the 49ers closed out the set for a 25-23 set win, tying the match at one.
It was Furman who jumped out to the early 3-1 lead in set three, but Charlotte rattled off three-straight to grab a 4-3 lead. The teams traded points until, with the score tied at five, Furman used a 4-0 run fueled by Jordan McNeill's serving to take a 9-5 lead. Charlotte cut the lead to three at 9-6, but Furman pushed it back to four at 11-7, then five at 13-8. Furman continued to add to its lead, as an out-of-rotation call on Charlotte and a kill by Annie Bierman gave Furman the 15-9 lead and forced a Charlotte timeout. The 49ers cut the lead to four out of the timeout, but the Paladins regained the six-point lead at 17-11. The teams then traded points until three-straight Charlotte points cut into the Furman lead at 20-17. Furman and Charlotte again traded points until the 49ers cut Furman's lead to one at 21-20, forcing a Furman timeout. Out of the timeout, the Paladins out-scored Charlotte 4-2 for a 25-22 win and 2-1 match lead.
Furman came out swinging in set four, jumping out to a 6-1 lead and forcing Charlotte to take an early timeout. The teams traded points until Charlotte cut the lead to four at 8-4, then again at 10-6. The 49ers used back-to-back points to cut the Paladin lead to two at 10-8, then to one at 11-10, before a kill by Carris Campbell pushed Furman's lead back to two at 12-10. Charlotte again cut the lead to one at 12-11, but three-straight points by Furman pushed the lead to four at 15-11 and forced Charlotte to take its final timeout. Furman pushed its lead to 18-12, but the 49ers used three-straight points to cut the lead to three at 18-15 and force a Paladin timeout. Out of the timeout, Furman pushed its lead to four at 19-15, but the 49ers again rallied to cut the lead to two at 19-17. Charlotte then used a 4-1 run to take a 21-20 lead and force a Furman timeout. Out of the timeout, the 49ers pushed their lead to two at 22-20, but the Paladins finished the set on a 5-0 run to take it, 25-22, and the match, 3-1.
Furman is back in action next weekend when the Paladins open SoCon play in Alley Gym on Friday night.