Greenville, S.C. – Down 1-0 in the match, Furman rebounded to take three-straight sets 25-14, 25-15, and 25-17 and top UNCG 3-1 on Saturday. The win moves the Paladins to 6-8 on the year and 2-0 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Spartans to 6-8 and 1-1 in SoCon play.
Christen Sikora led the Paladins with 13 kills, 18 digs, and a .400 hitting percentage, while Hunter Thompson dished out 40 assists, tallied 15 digs and put down five kills. Taina Joseph tallied 12 kills and a team-high seven blocks, while Jamila Johnson picked up 15 digs and put down seven kills. Furman held UNCG to a .000 hitting percentage, while turning in a .232 hitting percentage of its own.
With the score tied at 20 in set one, UNCG used a 5-1 run to take the set, 25-21, for a 1-0 lead in the match. Furman opened up an early 13-7 lead in the second set, then held on to the six-point advantage until Jamila Johnson served the Paladins on a 6-0 run to push the lead to 24-13. Johnson missed her serve to give the Spartans their 14th point, but Furman used a kill from Sikora to take set two, 25-14, to tie the match at one.
The Paladins grabbed an early 7-1 lead in the third set, before UNCG cut the lead to 10-5. Furman then used an 8-2 run to push the lead to 11 at 18-7, again sparked by the serving of Johnson. UNCG cut the lead to eight at 18-10, but Furman continued to take advantage of Spartan errors, taking set three, 25-15, for a 2-1 match lead.
The teams traded points early in set four before Hunter Thompson and Annie Bierman served Furman on an 8-1 run to give the Paladins the 17-8 lead. The teams then traded points until the Paladins got a kill from Christen Sikora to take set four, 25-17, and the match, 3-1.
UNCG was led by Alexis Mourier with 11 kills, while Christina Gregory tallied 20 digs.
Furman is back in action next Friday, closing out the four-game homestand with a 7 p.m. matchup with Western Carolina in Alley Gym.