Greenville, S.C. – Behind 23 kills from Courtney Hoffman and Neci Harris, Furman volleyball swept The Citadel 25-14, 25-12, 26-24 on Friday night. Saturday's win moves Furman to 6-9 on the year (2-2 SoCon), while the loss drops The Citadel to 7-8 on the year (2-2 SoCon). Furman was a perfect 2-0 inside Alley Gym this weekend, finishing without dropping a set.
Hoffman led Furman with 13 kills, a .381 hitting percentage, and two blocks, while Harris finished with 10 kills and a career-high .714 hitting percentage and two blocks. Jordan McNeill tallied a team-high 13 digs, while Meg DeMaar added 11 and Jamila Johnson added 10. Carris Campbell put down five kills and a team-high three blocks, while tallying a .571 hitting percentage.
The teams traded points early in the first until Jamila Johnson served three-straight points to push Furman's lead to 13-9 and force the Bulldogs to call a timeout. The Citadel cut the lead to 13-10 out of the timeout, but Furman used a 5-1 run to open an 18-11 advantage, prompting the Bulldogs to burn their final timeout of the set. The Paladins kept their foot on the gas, using a 7-3 run to close out the set and take it, 25-14, for a 1-0 match lead.
Set two was all Paladins from the beginning, as Furman jumped out to an 8-1 lead. The Paladins continued to lead, closing out the set on a 10-3 run, capped off with a kill by Lydia Morris to take the second, 25-12, for a 2-0 match advantage.
A quick 4-0 run put Furman up 9-5 in the third, before the teams traded points until Furman used three-straight points to take a 19-14 lead. The Citadel battled back to cut the lead to one at 19-18, before Furman pushed the lead back to three at 21-18. The Bulldogs used a 4-1 run to tie the set at 24, but back-to-back kills by Hunter Thompson and Carris Campbell gave the Paladins the 26-24 set three victory and 3-0 match win.
Mellanie King led The Citadel with 11 kills, while Caricia Rodriguez totaled 10 digs.
Furman is back in action next weekend, traveling to Western Carolina and ETSU.
Chandler Simpson, Sports Information