LANCASTER, Pa. – The first match of the season was a memorable one for the Franklin & Marshall women's volleyball team, as they downed Lancaster Bible 3-2. In the fifth set, the Diplomats fought back from a 10-14 deficit to finish off the Chargers 19-17, and clinch a win in their first match of the season.
F &M was cruising through the first two sets, winning 25-15 and 25-17, until Lancaster Bible fought back to take the next two and tie the match (2-2). In the fifth set, neither team was ahead by more than a game until, with the score tied 10-10, Lancaster Bible went on a 4-0 run to bring the set to match point. With their backs against the walls, the Diplomats fought back to tie the game at 14 off of a clutch kill from freshman Rosalie Frank.
Facing defeat again, senior Candice Tussing showed her veteran leadership by recording three kills in the next four points to put F&M up 18-17. Finally, freshman Alyssa Sanchez notched a kill to clinch the thrilling victory for the Diplomats.
Sophomore Caroline Hubbard paced the offense with a triple-double by recording 10 kills, 31 assists and 15 digs. Stepping up for the defense were senior's Kerry Rom and Caitlin Krutsick, recording 14 digs apiece.
The Diplomats return to action this Saturday for a double-header at home against Elizabethtown at 11:00 a.m. and Penn State-Berks at 1:00 p.m.
F&M def. Lancaster Bible 25-15,25-17,23-25,24-26,19-17
Lancaster Bible (0-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Hannah Metzler 15-1-1;Lauren Daniels 11-0-1; Naomi Martin 6-0-2; Grace Scheuerman 3-2-1;Britany Stout 2-0-0; Katie Coomber 2-1-0; Joanna Butala 0-2-0; Totals 39-6-2.5. (Assists) - Katie Coomber 33. (Dig leaders) - Hannah Metzler 20; Lauren Daniels 18; Grace Scheuerman 17; Britany Stout 15
F&M (1-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Rosalie Frank 12-0-3; Caroline Hubbard 10-2-0; Candice Tussing 9-2-1; Julie Harvey 8-0-3; Katie Foreman 6-0-3; Kelsey Michenko 6-0-1; Heather Letzkus 5-0-5; Jian Lipowcan 3-2-0; Ellana Benabou 3-0-1; Elise Gilchrist 2-0-0; Alyssa Sanchez 1-1-0; Erin Dancy 1-0-0; Kelsey Beveridge 0-1-0; Meghan Hubert 0-2-1; Caitlin Krutsick 0-3-0; Totals 66-13-12.0. (Assists) - Caroline Hubbard 31; Meghan Hubert 21. (Dig leaders) - Caroline Hubbard 15; Kerry Rom 14; Caitlin Krutsick 14; Candice Tussing 11; Kelsey Morgan 8