October 6, 2012

Bulldogs Fall to Furman in SoCon Action

Charleston, S.C. — Southern Conference rival Furman, behind double-digit kill outings by Chandler Ambrester, Christina Dorismond and Natalie Braun completed a sweep of The Citadel volleyball team by scores of 25-23, 25-13 and 25-10 on Saturday evening.

The Bulldogs (2-18, 0-6 SoCon) were led by offensively by the duo of Amanda Rudnik (seven kills) and Bailey Kernodle (five kills). Meanwhile, Erin Bucherl anchored a back row with 13 digs.

Ambrester registered a match-high 13 kills, followed closely by Dorismond (11 kills) and Braun (10 kills) as the Paladins converted 46 kills in 99 total attacks (.364 hitting percentage). Braun posted a double-double in the match as she added 11 digs and a pair of assisted blocks. The Paladins, who were paced offensively by 41 assists by Jo Wilks, improved to 14-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

The Citadel got off to a sound start in the opening set, charging out to a 9-5 lead behind a Rudnik kill. The Dogs maintained that four-point advantage until a series of unforced errors combined with back-to-back kills by Ambrester and Christina Curry made for a 14-14 tie. The Cadets responded by scoring five of the next six points in the set, including a pair of kills by Rudnik, establishing a 19-15 advantage. Furman capitalized on a Citadel attack error and responded with a 9-1 run to assume a 24-20 lead. Lauren Hurt's kill sparked a small run by the Dogs, who drew within one of the Paladins, but a kill by Dorismond made for the 25-23 score.

Furman established the early 5-1 lead in the second set, on a series of kills by Adams and did not look back. The Paladins faced a brief challenge, when a series of strikes by Rudnik and Rachael Farrell pulled the Dogs within two, but answered with a 13-6 run to move in front 20-11. Furman allowed just two points over the final seven points of the set and behind the combination of Adams and Amanda Komisarow wrapped up the 25-13 win.

Despite the brief intermission, Furman sustained its offensive rhythm into the third set as the Paladins converted seven team kills en route to a 10-3 lead. The Citadel took advantage of an Ambrester service error, but were unable to grab the momentum as Adams accounted for the next five Furman points in serve and pushed the team in front 16-4. Citadel kills down the stretch by Mallory Moore, Kernodle and Jessica Maxwell were not enough as the Paladins completed the sweep, 25-10.

The Citadel returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 9, when the Dogs host a tri-match with Charleston Southern and Savannah State. The Bulldogs open action at 2 p.m. against CSU and follow with a 6 p.m. meeting against Savannah State. At approximately 4 p.m. Savannah State will square off against Charleston Southern. All games will take place at McAlister Field House. For more information on Bulldog Volleyball, go to the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.  

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