F&M Earns Split

F&M Earns Split

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. 

Ellie Ezekiel, Harvey, and Laforgia each recorded six kills for the Diplomats, while Caroline Hubbard notched 24 assists. Sanchez led the team with 11 digs, and Laforgia added 10.

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.