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Young Wins 300th Career Game as Paladins Top Bulldogs, 3-1

Michelle Young
Michelle Young

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. 

Christen Sikora led all hitters with 16 kills, adding 10 digs and two blocks to her stat line. Annie Bierman and Taina Joseph each put down 15 kills, while Bierman added a team-high 19 digs. Jo Wilks dished out 50 assists and Carris Campbell and Amelia Bohlander tied a team-high with five blocks. Furman hit .352 for the match while holding The Citadel to a .137 hitting percentage. 

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