GREENSBORO, N.C. – No. 6 seed UNC Greensboro women’s volleyball team (13-16) ended the season with a 3-0 (27-29, 22-25, 17-25) loss to No. 3 seed Furman (13-15) in the second round of the Southern Conference Championship Friday night in Fleming Gymnasium.
Sophomore outside hitter Holly Behrends led the team with 11 kills, while hitting .300 and nearly recorded a double-double with nine digs as senior setter Allison Penner recorded a double-double with 16 assists and 16 digs.
Freshman defensive specialist Mandy Garvens recorded 22 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Maria Esch, junior middle hitter Mikaela Weidmann and junior middle hitter Lauren Robeck each recorded five kills and sophomore setter Giana Rasmussen recorded 16 assists.
Furman scored six of the first 11 points to take a point lead, 6-5, in the first set, but the Spartans scored four of the next six points to take a point lead, 9-8. The Paladins scored six of the next nine points to take a two-point lead, 14-12, but UNCG scored seven of the next nine points to take a three-point lead, 19-16. UNCG and Furman both scored five points to keep the UNCG lead at three points, 24-21, but as the Paladins were facing set point, Furman scored four consecutive points to take a point lead, 25-24. The Spartans scored three of the next five points to tie the set at 27, but Furman scored the final two points to win the set and to take a 1-0 match lead.
The Spartans scored nine of the first 12 to take a six-point lead, 9-3, in the second frame, but Furman scored six of the next seven points to pull within a point, 10-9. UNCG scored five of the next nine points to increase the lead to two points, 15-13, but the Paladins scored six of the next seven points to take a three-point lead, 19-16. The Spartans scored five of the next seven points to tie the set at 21. Furman scored four of the final five points to win the set and to take a 2-0 match lead.
Furman scored five of the first seven points in the final stanza to take a three-point lead, 5-2, but UNCG scored the next two points to pull within a point, 5-4. The Paladins scored 15 of the next 23 points to increase the lead to eight points, 20-12, but the Spartans scored the next three points to pull within five points, 20-15. The Paladins scored five of the final seven points to win the set and the match.
Furman advances to face No. 2 seed Samford Saturday at 4:30 p.m., while No. 1 seed ETSU faces No. 4 seed Mercer at 2:30 p.m.
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