GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman volleyball team will open the Southern Conference season this weekend when the team plays host to Davidson on Friday at 8 p.m. at Alley Gymnasium. The Paladins are riding an 18-match home winning streak entering the contest. Furman beat the Wildcats twice last season to take a 35-17 series lead.
Davidson enters the match with a 4-6 season record after falling to Green Bay, 3-2, last Saturday. The Wildcats have claimed victories over Gardner-Webb, Winthrop, UNC Wilmington, and N.C. Central so far this season. Tindall Sewell leads the Wildcats with a .322 attack percentage in 2012.
On Saturday, Furman will continue league play when the Paladins play host to Georgia Southern at 4 p.m. The Eagles defeated Furman, 3-0, in Statesboro in 2011, before the Paladins avenged the loss with a 3-1 win in Greenville later in the season. Furman leads the all-time series, 29-17.
Georgia Southern will play at Wofford Friday night before taking on the Paladins on Saturday. The Eagles enter the match in Spartanburg with a 9-5 mark after defeating Savannah State and Jacksonville at the Springhill Suites Invitational in Statesboro last weekend. Enjoli Johnson paces the Eagles with a .322 hitting percentage going into the weekend.
Several Paladins ranked among the nation's leaders in the NCAA statistical rankings released on Monday. Freshman Jo Wilks ranked fourth nationally with 12.34 assists per set, while senior Caroline Adams was 37th with a .391 hitting percentage. Senior Chandler Ambrester ranked 44th with 4.05 kills per set, and senior Natalie Braun ranked 55th with 3.96 kills per set and 64th with 0.41 aces per set. Sophomore Christina Dorismond was 64th with a .365 attack percentage. As a team, Furman ranked seventh with 13.77 assists per set and 18th with 14.51 kills per set. The team's .279 hitting percentage was the nation's 21st best.