Chattanooga, Tenn. – Behind 18 kills and a career-high .410 hitting percentage from Christen Sikora, Furman volleyball downed Chattanooga, 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15) on Friday night inside Maclellan Gymnasium. The win moves Furman to 16-7 on the year and 10-0 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Mocs to 12-13 on the year and 5-6 in SoCon play.
Sikora was one kill shy of tying her career-high, while also adding six digs and a block on the night. Nicole Mack picked up a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs, while also adding three assists. Courtney Hoffman put down nine kills on the night and added four blocks, while Carris Campbell totaled a team-high five blocks. Hunter Thompson dished out 37 assists and led all players with a career-high 26 digs on the night. The Paladins out-blocked the Mocs, 10-6, and held Chattanooga to a .127 hitting percentage.
The teams traded points early in set two, before the Paladins rattled off three-straight points to take a 10-7 lead, then pushed the lead to 12-8 to force the Mocs to call their first timeout. Furman continued to add to its lead, opening a 17-11 advantage which prompted the Mocs to take their final timeout of the set. The Paladins pushed the lead to 21-13 and held on the rest of the way, as a block by Carris Campbell sealed it, giving Furman the 25-16 set one win.
Furman and Chattanooga exchanged points to open the second set, before then trading runs until Furman took a 13-11 lead, forcing UTC to call a timeout. The Mocs rallied out of the timeout, using four-straight points to take a 15-13 lead and prompt Furman to call a timeout. The Mocs pushed the lead to four at 17-14, before Furman used a 5-2 run to tie the set at 19, forcing Chattanooga to call its final timeout of the set. The teams traded points again until, with the score tied at 22, the Paladins used a Chattanooga error and back-to-back kills by Sikora to take it, 25-22, for the 2-0 match lead.
After Chattanooga took set three, 25-21, the teams once again traded points to open the fourth set. The Paladins opened up a seven-point lead at 20-13, then finished the match on a 4-0 run to take set four, 25-15, and the match, 3-1.
The Mocs were led by Dani Szczepanski and Ally Ford with 12 kills each, while Megan Kaufman picked up 27 digs.
Furman is back in action tomorrow, taking on ETSU at 4:00 p.m. in Johnson City, Tenn.