LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team started a new winning streak on the second day of the F&M Scramble. The Diplomats posted back-to-back 3-0 sweeps over Stevenson University and Cabrini College.
The Diplomats (17-3) opened with a 6-0 run never looked back in F&M's 25-18, 30-28, 25-21 win over Stevenson (7-11).One of Kerry Rom's 11 kills ended the first game. She tied Nicole Morano for the team-high in the Stevenson match.
The only stretch that got dicey for the Diplomats was in the second game. F&M trailed 20-17 but rallied to knot it up 23-23. A Kristen Lubeski block made it 24-23 in favor of the guests, but a Rom kill made 24-up. Lubeski again gave her team a lead 25-24, but a soft-touch Sydney Seydel kill followed by a Mariah Eble kill on extended rally gave F&M the advantage, 26-25.
All-Tournament players, Morano from F&M and Alex Mercer, from Stevenson went back and forth to settle things. Mercer slammed down a kill to knot it once again, but Morano blocked the next Mercer attack. After exchanging service errors, Morano spiked the ball off of Mercer at close range to close out the second, 30-28.
Pam Horner, F&M's other representative on the all-tourney team, recorded 27 assists and 12 digs in the win. Her effort was matched by Stevenson's Amy Rudolph. The Mustangs' Avery Gabbard posted the match high in digs with 14.
Candice Tussing and Rom provided the offensive punch for the Diplomats in the 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 sweep of Cabrini. Tussing punched up 14 kills to go with three digs, three assists, an ace and a block assist. Rom dropped a dozen kills on the Cavaliers (14-5) and added a pair of solo blocks and digs. Morano added seven kills to the cause, taking advantage of 41 Horner assists.
The Diplomats return to action in Centennial Conference (CC) play on Wednesday when F&M hosts Haverford (17-2, 4-0 CC).
Franklin & Marshall def. Stevenson 25-18,30-28,25-21
Stevenson (7-10) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Alex Mercer 12-0-2; Avery Gabbard 7-1-4; Dani Katsampis 4-0-2; Jenna Dean 3-2-0; Kristen Lubeski 2-0-1; Alexa Carney 1-3-0; Brooke Gilley 0-0-1; Jen Glock 0-0-2; Totals 29-6-7.0. (Assists) - Amy Rudolph 27. (Dig leaders) - Avery Gabbard 14; Amy Rudolph 12; Alexa Carney 10
Franklin & Marshall (16-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Nicole Morano 11-0-1; Kerry Rom 11-0-1; Candice Tussing 5-1-0; Jessica Poucel 4-0-1; Mariah Eble 3-0-1; Sydney Seydel 2-0-3; Caitlin Krutsick 1-1-0; Katy May 1-1-0; Jian Lipowcan 0-1-2; Pam Horner 0-3-0; Totals 38-7-6.0. (Assists) - Pam Horner 27. (Dig leaders) - Pam Horner 12; Katy May 8
Franklin & Marshall def. Cabrini 25-21,25-17,25-17
Cabrini (14-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Gillespie, Beth 7-2-3; Ryan, Megan 5-0-2; Recklau, Stephanie 5-0-3; Doss, Alexis 5-0-1; Beltz, Traci 3-0-1; Abel, Courtney 0-1-0; Totals 25-3-7.0. (Assists) - Williams, Lizzie 23. (Dig leaders) - Abel, Courtney 11; Beltz, Traci 9
Franklin & Marshall (17-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Candice Tussing 14-1-1; Kerry Rom 12-0-2; Nicole Morano 7-0-1; Jessica Poucel 6-0-1; Sydney Seydel 5-0-1; Pam Horner 4-4-0; Mariah Eble 2-0-1; Caitlin Krutsick 0-1-0; Lis Power 0-1-0; Totals 50-7-5.0. (Assists) - Pam Horner 41. (Dig leaders) - Lis Power 9; Stephanie Armstrong 7
2009 Tournament Champions: Lebanon Valley
All-Tournament Team: Joelle Snyder, MVP (LVC), Emily Perkins (LVC), Pam Horner (F&M), Nicole Morano (F&M), Courtney Abel (CAB), Alex Mercer (SU)
|Day||Court 1||Court 2|
|Friday||Lebanon Valley at Franklin & Marshall (LVC 3-0)
||Cabrini vs. Stevenson (CAB 3-0)
|Saturday||Stevenson at Franklin & Marshall (F&M 3-0)||Lebanon Valley vs. Cabrini (LVC 3-0)|
|Saturday||Cabrini at Franklin & Marshall (F&M 3-0)||Stevenson vs. Lebanon Valley (LVC 3-2)|