Diplomats Sweep Home Trimatch

Diplomats Sweep Home Trimatch

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall earned a pair of sweeps on Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center, taking down Washington College 3-0 in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action, before defeating Albright later in the day by the same score.

The Diplomats improved to 20-4 and remained atop the CC standings with a perfect 7-0 mark, while the Shorewomen fell to 16-7, 4-3 CC and the Lions dropped to 10-12. 

Against Washington, F&M broke a 3-3 tie early in the first with a 9-1 run to pull ahead at 12-4. Later in the frame and still firmly in control with a 20-13 lead, Mary Leneweaver stepped behind the line and guided the Diplomats to five-straight points en route to the 25-13 win. 

Tied 5-5 in the second, a 10-2 run by F&M gave the Diplomats an eight-point advantage at 15-7. The Shorewomen fought back to pull within two at 15-13 until an 8-1 run from F&M pushed the advantage back to nine. A kill by Katie Foreman on set point sealed the 25-16 victory and put the Diplomats in front at 2-0. 

In the decisive third set, Washington battled throughout, holding the lead early on in the frame at 7-6. However, F&M reclaimed the advantage with a 7-2 run to jump out in front by four at 13-9. The Diplomats remained in control for the remainder of the set en route to the 25-22 win. 

F&M combined to hit at a remarkable .322 clip on the contest that included 50 kills in 115 attempts. Julie Harvey led the offense with 17 kills and a .615 hitting percentage. The junior middle hitter recorded only one error on 26 total attacks over the course of three sets.

Caroline Hubbard filled out the stat sheet with 34 assists, eight kills and five digs.  Three Diplomats reached double-digit digs, led by Alyssa Sanchez with 13. 

Against the Lions, F&M held a slight 10-7 lead before a 9-2 run gave the Diplomats a sizeable 19-9 advantage. The double-digit lead held through the remainder of the frame en route to the 25-14 win.

After hitting .303 along with 12 kills and only two errors in the second, F&M was able to cruise to a 25-13 set win to take a 2-0 advantage.

The Diplomats opened the third by capturing the first seven points behind three aces from Leneweaver. F&M kept its foot on the pedal throughout the remainder of the frame on its way to a 25-11 win to cap off the sweep. 

As a team, the Diplomats combined to hit .256 in the match and were led on offense by Gabrielle Connor, who racked up nine kills and a .250 hitting percentage on the contest. Meghan Hubert was solid with 22 assists to go along with eight digs.

F&M was outstanding from behind the line with 13 aces, including three from Connor and two from Kelsey Morgan.

The Diplomats return to the court on Wednesday with a CC contest against Gettysburg at 7:00 p.m.