Charleston, S.C. – Despite trailing 23-22 late in the fourth set, Furman volleyball rallied to defeat The Citadel, 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-12, 25-23) on Friday evening in Charleston, S.C. The win moves the Paladins to 10-4 on the year and 4-0 in SoCon play, while giving head coach Michelle Young her 300th career victory. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 6-13 and 0-3 in SoCon play.
Furman opened an early 7-3 lead in the first set, but The Citadel quickly cut the lead to two at 7-5. A kill from Carris Campbell ended the Bulldogs' run, then a Citadel error and Jo Wilks ace gave Furman a 10-5 lead and force The Citadel to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Bulldogs cut the lead to three at 10-7, but five-straight points gave Furman a 15-7 lead and forced The Citadel to call its final timeout of the set. Out of the timeout, the Bulldogs cutes a 3-1 run to cut the lead to 16-10, but Furman then used a 6-1 run of their own to take a 22-11 lead. The Paladins hung on to the lead for the rest of the set, taking it 25-13, for a 1-0 match lead.
The Paladins opened an early 4-0 lead in set two, but The Citadel used a 4-1 run to cut the lead to one at 5-4. The teams then traded points until the Bulldogs used three-straight to grab a 7-6 lead, their first of the match. The teams continued to trade points until The Citadel opened its largest lead of the set at 16-12. Payton Frappier then served the Paladins back into the set with four-straight points to tie it at 16. The teams then traded points until three-straight points by The Citadel gave the Bulldogs a 21-18 lead and forced a Furman timeout. Out of the timeout, the Bulldogs closed the set on a 4-3 run to win it, 25-21, and tie the match at one.
Furman again opened up an early lead in set three, this time at 5-0, forcing a Bulldog timeout. Payton Frappier continued to serve strong for the Paladins, pushing Furman's lead to 8-0 before the Citadel finally got its first point of the set. The Paladins kept their foot on the gas pedal, pushing the lead to 10 at 16-6. The teams traded points until Furman pushed the lead to 11 at 20-9. The Paladins finished the set on a 5-3 run for a 25-12 win and 2-1 match lead.
The teams traded points early in set four, until four-straight points by The Citadel forced Furman to call a timeout trailing 12-10. The Bulldogs stretched their lead to five at 17-12, but the Paladins were able to cut it to three at 18-15, then to two at 19-17, forcing The Citadel to take a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Paladins rallied to tie the set at 19, behind blocks from Carris Campbell. Furman then continued to hold the momentum, taking a 22-20 lead and forcing The Citadel to call its final timeout of the set. Out of the timeout, the Citadel came storming back to retake the lead at 23-22, forcing Furman to call its final timeout. Out of the timeout, the Paladins capitalized on a Bulldog error and used three-straight points to take the set, 25-23, and the match, 3-1.
Furman is back in action on October 7, traveling to Spartanburg, S.C., for a midweek matchup with Wofford.
Chandler Carver, Sports Information