Chicago, Ill. – After two tough losses yesterday, Furman volleyball swept Georgia State (25-22, 25-16, 25-15) on Saturday afternoon. The win moves the Paladins to 1-5 on the season, while the loss drops the Panthers to 2-4.
Nicole Mack and Jordan McNeill each led the Paladins with 10 kills, while McNeill added seven digs and two aces. Gabby Howard put down nine kills and Neci Harris added eight, while Hunter Thompson dished out 31 assists and added 11 digs. Meg DeMaar led the Paladins' back line with 18 digs on the day and was named to the Hampton Inn Rambler Challege All-Tournament team.
Furman opened an early 9-5 lead in the first set, then pushed it to 14-9 on a McNeill service ace. The teams traded runs until Georgia State used a 5-0 run to tie the set at 19. The Paladins were able to pull away behind the play of Gabby Howard to take set one, 25-22, for a 1-0 match lead.
The teams traded points early in the second until Furman used an 11-0 run to open a 15-5 lead. Georgia State cut the lead to four at 19-15, but DeMaar served the Paladins on a 5-0 run to put the set out of reach, as Furman took it 25-16 for a 2-0 match lead.
The Paladins kept up the momentum in the third set, opening an 11-4 lead on a block by Neci Harris and Hunter Thompson. The Panthers couldn't cut into the lead, as Furman put the match away on a kill by Gabby Howard to take set three, 25-15, for the sweep.
Furman is back in action next weekend, traveling to Jacksonville, Fla., for the UNF Invitational.