Greenville, S.C. – Behind 46 kills, 61 assists, and 81 digs from the senior class, Furman outlasted Wofford, 3-2 (32-34, 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12) on Wednesday night inside Alley Gym in the 2018 home finale. The win moves the Paladins to 12-14 on the year, 8-7 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Terriers to 14-14, 7-8 in SoCon play.
Carris Campbell put down a match-high 18 kills in her final game in Alley Gym, while senior Jamila Johnson added a double-double with 15 kills and 17 digs. Senior Jordan McNeill also tallied a double-double, with 12 kills and 24 digs, while Hunter Thompson picked up Furman's third double-double of the night with 56 assists and 18 digs and Meg DeMaar tallied 20 digs and six assists for the Paladins. Freshman Neci Harris also added 13 kills and a .524 hitting percentage on the night.
Furman jumped out to a 7-3 lead before Wofford used a 6-1 run to tie the set at 14. The teams traded points until Wofford used three-straight points to take an 18-17 lead. The teams traded two point runs until Furman used a kill by Carris Campbell to take a 22-21 lead and force the Terriers to take a timeout. Wofford responded with back-to-back points to regain the lead at 23-22 and force the Paladins to call a timeout. Furman tied the set at 23, prompting the Terriers to call a timeout, then after the teams traded points, Wofford took a 25-24 lead which forced the Paladins to take their final timeout. There were then eight ties and four lead changes over the next 17 combined points, as Wofford capitalized on a Furman service error and a Riley Coonan kill to take the marathon first set, 34-32, for a 1-0 match lead.
The Paladins took another early lead in the second set, this time at 8-1, forcing the Terriers to call an early timeout after a stuff block by Campbell. Furman added to its lead out of the timeout, opening a 10-point advantage at 12-2. The teams traded points until Wofford cut the lead to nine at 18-9, then the teams continued to trade points until Furman used back-to-back kills to take a 22-12 lead and force the Terriers to call their final timeout. The Terriers cut the lead to eight at 23-15, but Furman used back-to-back kills from Hunter Thompson and Carris Campbell to take the set, 25-15, and tie the match at one.
The teams traded points early in the third set until Furman used a 4-0 run to open a 15-11 lead. The Paladins and Terriers continued to trade points until Furman used a 5-2 run capped off by a kill from Jamila Johnson to take a 22-17 lead and force Wofford to call its second timeout of the set. The Terriers cut the lead to 23-20, but Furman used back-to-back kills by Neci Harris to take the third set, 25-20, for a 2-1 match lead.
Furman and Wofford again traded points early in the fourth, before Wofford used a 7-1 run to take a 19-14 lead. The Paladins cut the lead to three at 19-16, but the Terriers held the momentum, pushing the lead to six at 22-16. Furman cut the lead to four at 23-19, but Wofford grabbed set point at 24-19 following a kill by Colleen Reilly. Furman used a kill by Campbell and a block by Campbell and McNeill to cut the lead to 24-21, but Wofford held off the Paladin rally, taking set four 25-21 and sending the match to a deciding fifth set.
The teams played a tight set until, with the scored tied 6-6, Furman used a 6-0 run in which Jamila Johnson turned in a block and three-straight kills to take a 12-6 advantage. The Paladins grabbed match point at 14-8, but Wofford would not go quietly, as the Terriers rattled off four-straight points to cut the lead to 14-12. Out of a Paladin timeout, Furman used a kill by Jordan McNeill to take the set, 15-12, and the match, 3-2.
Wofford was led by Catie Cronister with 15 kills, while Taylor Gill turned in 23 digs.
Furman is back in action on Saturday, November 10, closing out the 2018 regular season with a 7:00 p.m. match at UNCG.