LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team celebrated Homecoming in style, putting together one of its best offensive performances of the season, a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-16) victory over Centennial Conference (CC) opponent Haverford on Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center.
The Diplomats improved to 14-2 on the year and remained unbeaten in CC play at 4-0, while the Fords fell to 11-5, 2-2 CC.
The first half of the opening set would not be indicative of things to come for Haverford as the Fords battled F&M and trailed by a mere three points at 17-14. The Diplomats hit their stride from that point on, capturing eight of the next 11 en route to the 25-17 win.
Playing with precision in the first, the offense hit at a .375 clip while racking up 13 kills and only one error in the frame.
The second opened up much like the first, with F&M and Haverford exchanging points to an eventual 13-13 tie. A 10-2 run from the Diplomats broke the frame wide open at 23-15 as an ace from Caroline Hubbard on set point sealed a 25-16 victory.
Up 2-0, F&M wasted little time in taking control of the third, jumping out in front at 7-1. Later in the set, a Julie Harvey kill culminated a stretch of four-straight points to improve the lead to double digits at 22-12.
Haverford could not respond, as a Meghan Hubert kill ended the set at 25-16 and finished off the 3-0 sweep for the Diplomats.
Harvey and Ellie Ezekiel led the way with 10 kills apiece. Harvey collected an astounding .588 hitting percentage on the match, committing zero errors in three sets of action.
F&M combined for a .357 kill percentage on the afternoon, its third-best hitting performance of the season. The Fords managed to hit at a .088 clip, a result of 18 errors in the contest.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday when F&M travels to McDaniel for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.