BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team cruised to a pair of 3-0 wins in pool play at the Greyhound Premiere Invitational, hosted by Moravian. The victories over Centenary and Alvernia propelled the Diplomats (2-1) into the championship pool at the seventh edition of the tournament.
The Diplomats used 16 aces to serve their way past Centenary 25-14, 25-13, 25-14 on Friday evening. First-year Jian Lipowcan accounted for four of them to go with her five digs. Classmate, Sydney Seydel threw in seven kills for the Diplomats' cause, while Nicole Morano came up with five kills and four blocks.
The class of 2013 served up the 25-11, 25-13, 25-12 win over the Crusdaers. Lipowcan notched five aces and Elise Gilchrist added four more in the sweep. The Diplomats aced Alvernia 20 times. Freshmen led the assault against Alvernia throughout the match. Seydel and Kerry Rom each recorded seven kills. Caitlin Krutsick fueled the offense with 14 assists.
The championship pool returns to action tomorrow morning. F&M will face Moravian at 10:00 a.m., followed by a noon match with Swarthmore. Swarthmore will face Moravian at 2:00 p.m.