Greenville, S.C. – Nicole Mack put down a career-high 18 kills as the Paladins swept Wofford (25-17, 25-17, 25-22) inside Alley Gym on Wednesday night. The win moves Furman to 15-7 on the season and 9-0 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Terriers to 15-8 and 5-4 in SoCon play.
Mack hit .333 and added nine digs to go with her 18 kills, while Jamila Johnson put down 14 kills with just one error to hit .542, while adding a team-high 19 digs. The Paladins held the Terriers to a .151 hitting percentage, while totaling 12 more digs as a team.
The teams traded points to open the match, until a 7-3 run by the Paladins gave Furman a 20-14 advantage. Wofford rattled off back-to-back points to cut the lead to four at 20-16, but Furman closed the set with four-straight points, including back-to-back kills by Mack to take set one, 25-17.
The Paladins opened an early 9-4 lead in set two, before a block by Campbell and Sikora and an ace by DeMaar pushed the lead to 17-11. Wofford cut the lead to four with back-to-back kills, but the Paladins used four-straight points to take a 21-13 lead. Wofford couldn't cut into the Furman lead any further, as the Paladins took set two, 25-17, for a 2-0 match lead.
Furman used an early 5-1 run to take a 7-4 advantage, but Wofford used a 5-1 run of its own to take a 9-8 lead. The teams then traded points until DeMaar served Furman on a 6-0 run to put the Paladins up 16-11 and force Wofford to use both timeouts. The Terriers clawed back to cut the lead to one at 19-18 and the teams exchanged points again until kills by Johnson and Mack gave the Paladins the 25-22 set three win and 3-0 match victory.
Catie Cronister led Wofford with 10 kills on the night, while Taylor Gill added 23 digs.
Furman is back in action Friday, October 27, traveling to Chattanooga and ETSU for two SoCon road matches.
Chandler Simpson, Sports Information