Greenville, S.C. – Behind a combined 26 kills from Nicole Mack and Jamila Johnson, Furman swept Chattanooga (25-15, 25-19, 25-22) on Saturday night inside Alley Gym. The win moves the Paladins to 9-7 on the year and 3-0 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Mocs to 9-9 on the year and 2-2 in SoCon play.
Johnson led all hitters with a match-high 14 kills, while adding 16 digs for her second double-double of the weekend. Nicole Mack followed her solid performance on Friday night with a 12-kill, .303 hitting percentage game against the Mocs. Hunter Thompson dished out 34 assists and added 10 digs, while Meg DeMaar tallied 14 digs.
The Paladins jumped out to a 9-5 lead in set one, before using a 10-3 run to take a 20-10 advantage. Chattanooga couldn't cut into the lead, as the Paladins closed the set on a kill by Hoffman to take it, 25-15, for a 1-0 match lead.
The teams traded points early in set two, until Furman took advantage of four Chattanooga errors to take a 15-11 lead. The Mocs cut the lead to one at 15-14, but the Paladins got a kill by Nicole Mack to stretch the lead back to four at 20-16, forcing Chattanooga to call its final timeout. The Paladins ended the set on a 5-2 run, including a kill by Johnson and block by Thompson and Hoffman, to take set two, 25-19, for a 2-0 match lead.
Furman used a 4-0 to take a 14-6 lead in set three, prompting Chattanooga to call a timeout. The Paladins held on to the lead until ETSU used a 6-2 run to cut it to two at 22-20, forcing Furman to take a timeout. Out of the timeout, the teams exchanged kills, allowing the Paladins to take the set, 25-22, for a 3-0 match sweep.
Furman is back in action on Tuesday, October 3, traveling to Charleston, S.C., to take on The Citadel in a 6:00 p.m. matchup.