LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team fell to Johns Hopkins 3-1 in the Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinal's on Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center.
The Diplomats dropped to 24-6 on the season, while the Blue Jays (13-12) advanced into tomorrow's CC Championship contest against Muhlenberg.
In the first set, F&M trailed 24-20 before four-straight points for the Diplomats tied the score at 24-24. However, back-to-back kills from Hopkins' Megan Donohoe secured a nail-biting 26-24 win for the Blue Jays.
The Diplomats fought back in the second to tie the match at 1-1 after edging out a narrow 25-22 win. F&M held a 19-15 lead in the frame until four-straight points by Hopkins knotted the score at 19-19. The Diplomats followed with wins in six of the next nine points to capture the victory.
Tied at 1-1, the Blue Jays reclaimed the advantage in the match with a decisive 25-21 win in the third. Tied at 16-16 in the frame, Hopkins went on a 6-1 run to pull ahead 22-17. F&M was unable to make up the difference en route to the four-point set back.
The Diplomats trailed by double-digits in the fourth and found themselves behind 20-14 late in the set. F&M rallied with a 5-2 run to cut the deficit to seven at 22-15, however the Blue Jays captured three of the next four points to take the set at 25-16 and the match at 3-1.
Donohoe led Hopkins with 17 kills and seven digs. As a team the Blue Jays outhit the Diplomats .264 to .145 on the contest.