LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team opened its 2013 season by taking a pair of matches on Friday evening at the Mayser Center, first sweeping Lycoming 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) before defeating Penn State-Berks 3-1 (25-12, 22-25, 25-9, 29-27).
Lycoming battled the Diplomats (2-0) in the opening set, keeping the score close at 18-16, before F&M took seven of the last 10 points to claim the 1-0 lead. The Diplomats jumped out to an early lead in set two, taking a 16-9 advantage midway through. The Warriors pulled within four at 24-20, but F&M captured the final point to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
The Diplomats found themselves in the hole by a score of 12-8 in the third before eventually taking the lead at 15-14. F&M never relinquished the advantage on its way to a 25-20 set win to cap off the sweep.
Julie Harvey paced the offense with 11 kills while Caroline Hubbard provided 29 assists. Hubbard was also sharp from behind the line, registering four aces. Ellie Ezekiel was solid on defense with 10 digs.
Against Penn State-Berks, the Diplomats cruised in the opening set, taking a 1-0 lead off of a 25-12 score. The Nittany Lions bounced back to even up the match by winning the second set 25-22.
Leading 7-3 in the third, F&M scored 13 unanswered to pull ahead by a commanding 20-3 margin. Penn State-Berks was unable to recover, as the Diplomats won the set 25-9 to take a 2-1 lead in the game.
In the fourth set, the Diplomats and the Nittany Lions traded the lead back and forth before F&M pulled ahead 18-16. Penn State-Berks took the next two points to tie the set before both squads traded points to once again knot the set at 25. The Diplomats took the advantage on a Katie Foreman kill but a service error on F&M once again evened the score.
After both teams traded service errors the Diplomats closed out the contest with back-to-back kills from Ezekial and Harvey.
Harvey led the way with 25 kills and a .657 hitting percentage, while Ezekiel added eight. Alyssa Sanchez tallied 22 digs on the night to pace the defense, while Hubbard tacked on seven.
F&M returns to the court tomorrow when it competes against Lancaster Bible at 10:00 a.m. followed by Elizabethtown at 12:00 p.m.