Farrell, Bulldogs Tripped Up by Paladins
Greenville, S.C. – Senior outside hitter Rachael Farrell totaled 11 kills and four digs for The Citadel on Friday evening, but it was not enough to turn back SoCon rival Furman who earned a 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 sweep of the Bulldogs.
Farrell converted her team-high 11 kills in 25 total attacks to finish with a .360 attack percentage. Teammate's Ise d'Angelo (seven kills) and Jessica Maxwell (six kills) rounded out key offensive contributors for the Dogs, who tallied 36 kills as a unit. The defense was anchored by Erin Bucherl who totaled 18 digs, while the combination of Maxwell, Lauren Hurt and Bailey Kernodle each managed two assisted blocks. Kernodle was also an integral part of the offense with 26 assists in the match. The Bulldogs slipped to 6-25 overall and 0-13 in SoCon play following the loss.
Meanwhile, Furman's offensive attack was led by Chandler Ambrester who finished with 20 kills, four errors and a .437 attack percentage to go along with 10 digs. Christina Dorismond added 12 kills for the Paladins, who managed 49 kills in 113 total attacks (.327 attack percentage). Furman's offensive numbers were due in large part to Jo Wilks' 43 assists. Meanwhile, the defensive efforts of Elle Ross (11 digs) and Ambrester provided the Paladins with the 14th sweep this season. Furman now stands at 21-7 overall and 9-4 in league action.
The Citadel snagged a first set lead, 4-3, on a series of kills by Maxwell and Farrell, but it was five unanswered points that provided the host Paladins with an 8-4 advantage. The Cadets continued to push the Paladins as kills by Farrell, Hurt and d'Angelo drew the score within one, 10-9, only to see Furman retaliate by scoring seven of the next 10 points and assume a five-point lead. Two errors by Ambrester and a kill by d'Angelo again narrowed the Dogs deficit to 17-15, however two strikes each by Dorismond and Adams proved to be the difference, 25-20.
The early stages of the second set imitated the first as The Citadel assumed an 5-2 advantage with kills from Farrell and Kernodle. Furman managed to put together its own run, keyed by the combination of Ambrester and Wilks, scoring five straight points to regain the lead, 7-5. The Paladins would not look back after that stretch, allowing the Bulldogs to pull within two points on just two occasions, as 12 kills sparked the Furman offense. Five of those 12 strikes came from Ambrester, while Braun added three. Furman hit .263 en route to earning the 25-16 victory.
Breaking from the intermission, Farrell proved to be the catalyst for The Citadel offense with three kills despite the Paladins establishing a 6-5 lead. Furman used that momentum, along with three kills from Ambrester, to stretch the score to 11-6. However, the Bulldogs were not to be outdone as Maxwell came through with two kills in a five-point stretch to narrow the gap to 12-10. The offensive push continued for the Dogs, who capitalized on six of the next 10 points, behind two kills from d'Angelo and three straight unforced Paladin errors, to make 16-16 tie. Furman regained their composure during a timeout, converting four kills by Ambrester and three by Dorismond down the stretch of a 9-2 run that closed out the match 25-18.
The Citadel completes its weekend series in the Upstate on Saturday when the team heads to Wofford for a 6 p.m. contest with the Terriers. For more information on Bulldog volleyball visit the official source of Citadel athletics at www.citadelsports.com.