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Third-Set Comeback Propels Paladins to Sweep of Samford

Third-Set Comeback Propels Paladins to Sweep of Samford

Greenville, S.C. – Down 22-16, Anna Eckstein served Furman on a 7-0 comeback in the third set to rally the Paladins to a 3-0 sweep of Samford on Friday night. The win moves the Paladins to 19-9 on the year and 13-2 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Bulldogs to 13-17 and 8-8 in SoCon play. 

Nicole Mack led the Paladins with 11 kills and a career-high seven blocks on the night, while Christen Sikora added 10 kills. Courtney Hoffman hit .500, putting down six kills and adding five blocks. The Paladins had five players with double-digit digs and tied a team season-high with 10 blocks.

The first set was tightly contested until a service error by Samford sparked an 8-2 Furman run, capped off by back-to-back kills by Jamila Johnson, to give the Paladins the 25-20 set one win and 1-0 match lead. The teams traded points to open the second set until Furman used a 5-0 run, kicked off by back-to-back blocks by Carris Campbell and Nicole Mack to open a 21-15 lead. The Paladins pushed the lead to 24-16, but Samford rattled off seven points in a row to cut Furman's lead to one at 24-23. The Paladins then used a Bulldog attack error to take the second set, 25-23, for the 2-0 match lead.

Samford opened up a 19-15 lead in the third set forcing the Paladins to call a timeout. After the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 22-16, prompting Furman's final timeout, Anna Eckstein served Furman on a 7-0 comeback to take a 23-22 lead. The teams traded points until the Paladins got back-to-back kills from Christen Sikora to take set three, 26-24, for the 3-0 sweep.

Samford was led by Krista Boesing with 13 kills, while Kelsi Hobbs had 11 kills and 15 digs.

Furman is back in action on Saturday, taking on Mercer at 6:00 p.m. for Senior Day.