Greensboro, N.C. – Kelsi Hobs put down 14 kills and Samford downed Furman, 3-0 (21-25, 18-25, 18-25) on Saturday evening in the second of two SoCon Semifinals. The win moves the Bulldogs to 18-14 on the year and into the SoCon Championship match, while the loss drops the Paladins to 13-16.
The Paladins were led on offense by senior Carris Campbell with 10 kills, while Jordan McNeill put down eight kills and added 12 digs. Jamila Johnson led the Paladins with 16 digs, while adding six kills. Meg DeMaar finishes her Furman career as the Paladins' all-time digs leader (2,098) and Furman's single-season digs record holder (555).
Samford jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the first set, before pushing the lead to six at 9-3. Furman cut the lead to three at 10-7, but the Bulldogs pushed it back to five at 12-7, forcing the Paladins to call a timeout. After Samford regained a seven-point advantage at 14-7, Meg DeMaar served Furman on a 5-2 run, cutting the Bulldogs lead to 15-12. The teams then traded points until Samford took a 20-15 lead, forcing the Paladins to call a timeout. Samford pushed the lead to 22-16, but the Paladins used three-straight points to cut the lead to 22-19 and force the Bulldogs to call a timeout. The Paladins could get no closer than three, however, as Samford took the first set, 25-21, for a 1-0 match lead.
The teams traded points early in the second set until Furman grabbed the lead at 5-3. Furman and Samford continued to trade points until the Bulldogs used a 5-0 run to take a 14-10 lead, forcing the Paladins to call a timeout. The teams traded points out of the timeout before Samford pushed the lead to 20-13 and prompted the Paladins to take their final timeout of the set. The teams traded points out of the timeout, before Samford held on to take the second set, 25-18, for a 2-0 lead in the match.
Furman and Samford traded points early in the fourth, before Courtney Hoffman served the Paladins to a slim 10-8 lead. The teams continued to trade two-point rallies, until Samford used five-straight points to grab a 17-14 lead. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to five at 20-15, before Hoffman ended the Bulldog run with a kill to cut the lead to 20-16. Samford continued to press, however, using back-to-back points to take a 22-16 lead and force the Paladins to call their final timeout of the set. Samford held on to take the set, 25-18, and the match, 3-0.
Hobbs led all players with 14 kills, while SoCon Freshman of the Year Lauren Deaton added 13 and Krista Boesing put down 12. Grace Teisman anchored the back row for the Bulldogs, tallying 24 digs.