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Balanced Effort Powers Furman to Sweep of UNCG

Balanced Effort Powers Furman to Sweep of UNCG

 

Greenville, S.C. – Three Paladins recorded double-digit kills and four turned in double-digit kills, as Furman swept UNCG 25-14, 25-19, 25-18 on Friday night inside Alley Gym. The win moves the Paladins to 8-1 on the year, 4-4 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Spartans to 9-10, 3-4 SoCon.

Jordan McNeill led the Paladins with 12 kills on just two errors for a .323 hitting percentage, while also tallying 17 digs for one of the Paladins' double-doubles. Neci Harris put down 10 kills with just one error for a .562 hitting percentage, while also adding a match-high five blocks. Jamila Johnson put down 11 kills and added 11 digs for a double-double, while Meg DeMaar tallied a match-high 23 digs and three aces.

Jordan McNeill served the Paladins to an early 5-1 lead, before three-straight Furman points pushed the lead to 8-1, forcing UNCG to take its first timeout. The Spartans used a 5-2 run to cut the lead to 10-6, but Jamila Johnson served Furman on a 4-0 run to push the lead back to eight at 14-6, prompting the Spartans to take their final timeout of the set. UNCG cut the lead to 20-12, but Furman used a 5-2 run capped off with a block by Johnson and Neci Harris to take the first set, 25-14.

UNCG grabbed a 6-5 lead in the second set, but Furman used a 6-1 run to regain a four-point advantage at 11-7, forcing the Spartans to call a timeout. UNCG cut into the lead at 13-10, but Furman used a 4-1 run to push the lead to six at 17-11, leading to the final Spartan timeout of the set. UNCG cut the lead to five at 18-13, but Meg DeMaar served Furman on a 5-0 run to grab a 23-13 lead. UNCG would not go quietly, however, using a 5-0 run of its own to cut the lead to 23-18. Furman got a kill from Johnson and a block by Harris to end it, holding off the Spartan rally and taking set two, 25-19, for a 2-0 match lead.

Furman opened up another big lead in the third, taking a 7-3 advantage before the Spartans rattled off five-straight points to grab an 8-7 lead. The teams traded points until Hunter Thompson served Furman on a 4-0 run, taking a 14-11 lead and forcing a UNCG timeout. Thompson continued her serving run, pushing it to 7-0 after back-to-back UNCG errors and a kill by Carris Campbell gave the Paladins a 17-11 lead and forced UNCG to take its final timeout. The teams traded points until Furman ended the set on a 3-1 run, taking the third 25-18, for a 3-0 sweep.

UNCG was led by Mikaela Weidmann with nine kills, while Grace Howell added 13 gis.

Furman is back in action on Friday night, taking on Samford inside Alley Gym at 7:00 p.m.