Charleston, S.C. – Nicole Mack tied a career high with 15 kills and Furman held on to down The Citadel, 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22), on Tuesday night inside McAlister Fieldhouse. The win moves Furman to 10-7 on the year and 4-0 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Bulldogs to 6-16 and 1-5 in SoCon play.
Mack added nine digs and an ace to her stat line, while Jamila Johnson added 14 kills and 12 digs on the night. Hunter Thompson totaled 35 assists and 13 digs four a double-double, while Meg DeMaar also added a double-double with 11 assists and 14 digs, as well as four service aces.
Both teams played a tight first set until Furman, sparked by a kill by Johnson, used a 3-0 run to take a 16-13 lead, prompting The Citadel to call its first timeout. The Bulldogs cut the lead to one at 17-16, but the Paladins used back-to-back kills by Mack to spark a 5-2 run, pushing the lead to 22-18 and forcing The Citadel to call its final timeout of the set. Furman continued its run out of the timeout, pushing the lead to 24-18, before The Citadel cut the lead to 24-19. A kill by Hoffman ended it, giving the Paladins the 25-19 set one win.
Furman and The Citadel traded points to open the second set, until the Bulldogs used a 6-1 run to open a 13-10 lead, forcing the Paladins to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, Furman tallied a 7-2 run to regain the lead and push it to 17-15. The teams then exchanged kills until the Paladins capitalized on a Citadel error to take a three-point lead at 22-19. The Citadel cut the lead to one at 24-23, but the Paladins got a kill from Johnson to take set two, 25-23, for a 2-0 match lead.
The Citadel used an early 5-1 run in the third set to take an 8-4 lead, prompting the Paladins to use their first timeout. Furman cut the Bulldogs' lead to one at 10-9, before the Citadel pushed it back to three at 13-10. The Paladins then used a block by Campbell and Sikora as well as a service ace by DeMaar to tie the set at 13, prompting The Citadel to call a timeout. Furman continued to hold the momentum out of the timeout, using a 5-1 run to push the lead to 18-14 and force The Citadel to use its final timeout of the set. It was the Bulldogs that controlled the momentum out of the timeout, using a 7-2 run to take a 21-20 lead and force the Paladins to use their final timeout. Furman couldn't cut into the lead following the timeout, as the Bulldogs took set three, 25-23, to cut the Furman match lead to 2-1.
The teams played a tight set to open the fourth, until Sikora sparked the Paladins on a 5-0 run to give Furman a 15-11 lead. The Bulldogs cut the Paladin lead to three out of the timeout, the to two at 21-19, then again at 24-22. Furman then got a block from Mack and Hoffman to take set three, 25-22, for a 3-1 match win.
Furman is back in action on Friday, taking on Western Carolina inside Alley Gym at 8:00 p.m.