OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Franklin & Marshall was dropped by host school Stevenson (25-14, 26-24, 25-17) before defeating St. Mary's (Md.) (25-10, 26-24, 25-27, 22-25, 15-13) in non-conference volleyball action on Saturday.
The Diplomats' record now sits at 7-3, while the Mustangs swept the trimatch to improve to 9-1. The Seahawks are now 4-4.
In the opening set against Stevenson, the Mustangs held an 11-9 advantage before going on a 9-1 run to extend the lead to 19-10. Stevenson held the lead throughout the set and won the first by a score of 25-14.
The second was a back-and-forth set as the Mustangs led midway through at 14-11. After Stevenson extended the lead to 16-12, F&M score four straight points, two Jaclyn Laforgia kills and one from Julie Harvey and Emily Gerard, to knot the set at 16-16.
The squads traded points throughout the rest of the set as it was tied at 24-24 after a kill from Kelsey Michenko. However, the Mustangs scored the next two points to take the set 26-24.
In the third, the Diplomats held a slight early lead at 5-4 until Stevenson went on a 10-3 spurt to take a 14-8 advantage. F&M got to within four points at 15-11 off an Alyssa Sanchez service ace, but the Mustangs eventually held on for the 25-17 third-set win and 3-0 victory in the match.
Against St. Mary's (Md.), F&M cruised in the first, taking the set 25-10 as the Diplomats recorded 15 kills. The second was much closer, as F&M led 13-11. After the Diplomats extended the led to seven points at 23-16, the Seahawks scored five straight to come to within two at 23-21. After the score was tied 24-24, a service error and ace from Harvey clinched the second set at 26-24 to give F&M a 2-0 advantage in the match.
The third was close as well, with the Diplomats leading 15-13. The teams traded points and F&M led 20-17 before St. Mary's scored three straight to tie the set at 20-20. The squads went back-and-forth until a service error and attack error gave the 27-25 set victory to the Seahawks that allowed St. Mary's to stay in the match.
Late in the fourth with the set tied at 16-16, the Seahawks went on a 6-2 run to take a 22-18 lead. St. Mary's held off a late Diplomat surge to take the set 25-22 and force a decisive game five.
In the fifth, the Seahawks opened up an 8-4 advantage before F&M put together a 7-3 spurt to tie the set at 11-11. With St. Mary's up 13-12, the Diplomats called a timeout and scored the next three points for a 15-13 fifth-set win and 3-2 match victory.
Freshman Laforgia paced the Diplomats with 15 kills, while Ezekiel added 11 and Michenko notched 10. Hubbard led with 42 helpers, while four F&M players were in double figures in digs (Sanchez – 16, Hubbard – 15, Laforgia – 13, Ezekiel – 11).
F&M opens up Centennial Conference (CC) play on Wednesday when the Diplomats travel to Muhlenberg for a 7:00 p.m. match.