WESTMINSTER, Md. - Paced by Kerry Rom's 10-kill, 11-dig effort, Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team made it four in a row with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-18) sweep of McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Wednesday. F&M has dropped just seven games so far this season and have swept their opponents in nine of its 10 wins this year.
The Diplomats' (10-2, 3-0 CC) first-year came up with timely kills in delivering F&M's ninth win in its last ten matches. Rom posted three kills down the stretch of the first game which was knotted up as late as 19-19. The second game was tight as well. F&M held 18-17 before a Rom kill stretched it to a two-point game. Three straight Green Terror (7-5, 1-1 CC) attack errors put F&M in the driver's seat. Nicole Morano and Jessica Poucel ended the game with back-to-back kills that took the wind from the host's sails.
Pam Horner opened the third game with back-to-back aces. She finished the match with five, as did Candice Tussing. Several Sydney Seydel kills midway through the third opened up the F&M lead for good. Seydel finished the match with a total of five kills. Horner recorded 22 assists. Jessica Poucel chipped in nine kills for the Diplomats.
McDaniel's Taylor Hergott matched Rom with 10 kills while Kristen Nuckles posted 16 assists for the Green Terror. Lanni Reisinger posted three aces.
The Diplomats return to action on Friday evening at the Susquehanna Invitational.
Franklin & Marshall def. McDaniel 25-21,25-17,25-18
Franklin & Marshall (10-2, 3-0 CC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kerry Rom 10-1-0; Jessica Poucel 9-0-0; Nicole Morano 7-0-2; Sydney Seydel 5-0-1; Candice Tussing 4-5-1; Pam Horner 2-5-1; Stephanie Armstrong 1-3-0; Katy May 0-1-0; Totals 38-15-3.0. (Assists) - Pam Horner 22. (Dig leaders) - Kerry Rom 11; Katy May 10; Pam Horner 10; Lis Power 9
McDaniel (7-5, 1-1 CC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Taylor Herrgott 10-0-3; Anne McShea 6-0-1; Lanni Reisinger 6-3-1; Kristen Nuckles 4-0-2; Sara Hanlon 2-0-2; Emily Creigton 1-0-0; Jackie Hawkins 1-0-0; Totals 30-3-5.0. (Assists) - Kristen Nuckles 16. (Dig leaders) - Taylor Herrgott 9; Katie Ferguson 9; Anne McShea 8; Lanni Reisinger 8