Greenville, SC - Facing a 2-0 hole, Samford rallied to down the Paladins 3-2 (25-22, 26-24, 22-25, 22-25, 13-15) on Friday night inside Alley Gym. The win moves the Bulldogs to 12-11, 7-2 SoCon, while the loss drops the Paladins to 8-12, 4-5 SoCon.
Carris Campbell led Furman with a career-high 19 kills, while also tallying a .410 hitting percentage and adding a team-high seven blocks. Jordan McNeill put down 15 kills and added a career-high 25 digs, while Jamila Johnson totaled 13 kills and 18 digs.
The teams traded points to open the match, until the Paladins used a 3-0 run to open a 10-8 lead. Furman and Samford continued to battle, trading points until the Bulldogs tied the set at 21. Furman used three-straight points, capped off by a Neci Harris block, to take a 24-21 lead, then held off the Samford rally to take the first set, 25-22, for a 1-0 match lead.
Furman and Samford played a tight second set as well, until the Paladins used a 6-1 run to take an 18-13 lead and force the Bulldogs to call a timeout. Furman pushed the lead to 23-17, then grabbed set point at 24-21, but Samford capitalized on a 7-1 run to tie the set at 24. Furman would not be denied a set win, however, using back to back kills by Carris Campbell and Jamila Johnson to take set two, 26-24, for a 2-0 lead.
Samford opened a 13-7 lead in set three, but Neci Harris served Furman on a 6-0 run to tie the set. The Bulldogs, however, used a 5-0 run of their own to regain an 18-13 advantage, then grabbed set point at 24-19. Furman rattled off three-straight points to cut the lead to 24-22, but the Bulldogs capitalized on a Paladin error to take the third set, 25-22, to cut Furman's lead to 2-1.
The two teams traded points in set four until Samford used a 9-2 run to open a 17-12 advantage over the Paladins. Furman rallied to cut the lead to one at 20-19 on a block by Hunter Thompson and Carris Campbell, but Samford held on, using back-to-back kills to take set four, 25-22, and force the match to a deciding fifth set.
Furman and Samford traded two-point rallies in the fifth set until the Paladins got back-to-back kills to tie it at nine. Samford responded with back-to-back kills to take an 11-9 lead and force the Paladins to call a timeout. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 12-9, but Furman used three-straight points, capped off by a Neci Harris ace, to tie the set at 12 and force a Samford timeout. The Bulldogs took a 14-12 lead out of the timeout, before the Paladins cut the lead to one at 14-13. Samford used a Furman error, however, to take the set, 15-13, and the match, 3-2.
Samford was led by Krista Boesing with 16 kills, while Shayla Phillip put down 13.
Furman is back in action tomorrow, October 20, playing host to Chattanooga inside Alley Gym at 7:00 p.m.