Furman Falls at ETSU on Saturday
October 6, 2018
Johnson City, Tenn. – Powered by 14 kills from Leah Clayton, ETSU downed Furman 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-17, 25-13) on Saturday night in Johnson City, Tenn. The win moves the Bucs to 16-4, 5-1 SoCon, while the loss drops the Paladins to 6-11, 2-4 SoCon.
Furman was led by Carris Campbell with 12 kills on the night, while Jordan McNeill tallied 9 kills and a team-high 21 digs. Meg DeMaar added 11 digs, while Courtney Hoffman and Neci Harris each tallied three blocks.
The teams traded points early in the first set until ETSU used a 4-0 run to open a 13-7 lead, forcing the Paladins to call a timeout. Furman used a 4-0 run of its own out of the timeout to cut the lead to two at 13-11, but the Bucs ended the set on a 12-3 run to take the first set, 25-14, for a 1-0 match lead.
ETSU jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the second set, but the Paladins used a 5-1 run to cut the lead to one at 9-7. The teams then traded points until Furman used a 7-1 run to grab a 16-14 lead. The teams again traded points until the Paladins capitalized on an attack error and a bad set to regain a two-point lead at 22-20, forcing the Bucs to call a timeout. ETSU cut the lead to one at 22-21, 23-22, and 24-23, but Furman got a kill from Courtney Hoffman to take the second set, 25-23, to tie the match at one.
Sets three and four were all Bucs, as mid-set runs in both of the game's final sets propelled ETSU to 25-17 and 25-13 set wins, to take the match, 3-1.
Furman is back in action on Wednesday, traveling to Wofford for a midweek matchup in Spartanburg.