AUBURN, ALA. – After a quick turnaround between matches, Furman volleyball fell to Georgia Tech, 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-17) in the Paladins' final match of the War Eagle Invitational. The win gives Georgia Tech a 3-0 record and a tournament win, while the loss drops Furman to 1-2 on the young season.
Annie Bierman again led the Paladins with 10 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double of the season, while Nicole Mack added nine kills. Meg DeMaar picked up 21 digs for the Paladins, while Ashton Stocker added 20 assists.
Georgia Tech held Furman to a hitting percentage less than .200 in the first set, downing the Paladins 25-13. The teams traded points in the second set until Georgia Tech opened up a four-point lead at 19-15. The Paladins rallied to cut the lead to one at 19-18 and 20-19, but the Yellow Jackets used a 5-1 run to win set two, 25-20, for a 2-0 match lead.
Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in set two, before Furman used a 5-0 lead of their own to take a 7-5 lead. The Yellow Jackets responded with a 7-2 run to regain the lead at 12-9. The teams then traded points until Georgia Tech opened its largest lead of the set at 18-14. Georgia Tech then used a 5-1 run to push the lead to 23-16 and force Furman's final timeout of the set. Out of the timeout, the Paladins couldn't pull any close than seven, as Georgia Tech took set three, 25-17, for a 3-0 match win.
Furman is back in action next weekend, taking on Winthrop, South Carolina, and Clemson in the annual Carolina Classic.
Chandler Carver, Sports Information