SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Annie Bierman and Jamila Johnson combined for 30 kills to lead Furman past Wofford on Wednesday night, 3-1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-19). The win moves Furman to 9-12 on the season and 5-4 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Terriers to 12-11 on the year and 5-4 in SoCon play.
Wofford opened up an early 4-1 lead on the Paladins in the first set, then pushed the lead to 10 at 20-10. Then with the Terriers holding a 23-12 lead, Jamila Johnson served Furman on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 23-18. Furman couldn't overcome the deficit, however, dropping set one 25-19.
The teams traded points early in the second set, until Wofford used a 3-0 run to take an 11-9 lead. The Terriers continued to push the pressure, upping the advantage to 15-11. Christen Sikora served the Paladins on a 4-0 run to tie the set at 15, but the Terriers responded with back-to-back points to push the lead back to two at 17-15. Furman used three-straight points to regain the lead at 18-17, before Wofford tied the set again at 18. Furman then used three-straight to take a 21-18 lead, before Wofford rallied to take a 23-22 lead, forcing a Furman timeout. The teams then traded points until an ace by Jordan McNeill and a kill by Jamila Johnson gave Furman the set two win, 26-24, to tie the match at one.
Wofford took an early 6-3 lead in the third set, before the Paladins battled back to tie the set at six. Wofford then used a 3-0 run to push the lead to 9-6 and the teams traded points until Furman used a 6-0 run to take a 19-16 lead. Furman pushed the lead to 21-17 before Wofford rallied to tie the set at 21. The teams then traded points until Furman got a kill by Jamila Johnson to take set three, 25-23, for a 2-1 match lead.
The teams traded points early in set four, until Furman used a 5-0 run to take a 10-6 lead. Furman continued to hold the momentum, pushing the lead to five at 19-14. Wofford cut the lead to two at 19-17, but Anna Eckstein served five-straight for Furman, giving the Paladins match point at 24-17. Wofford cut the lead to 24-18, but Annie Bierman picked up her 15th kill of the day to give Furman the 25-18 set four win and 3-1 match victory.
The Paladins are back in action on Saturday afternoon, taking on Samford in Birmingham at 5:00 p.m.