F&M Earns Sweep

F&M Earns Sweep

HUNTINGTON, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall took down Salisbury 3-2 (25-17, 26-24, 24-26, 23-25, 15-9) before blanking Cortland St. 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-11) in non-conference volleyball action at the ASICS Invitational hosted by Juniata on Friday night.

The two victories improved the Diplomats' record to 9-4, while the Seagulls fell to 11-4 and the Dragons dropped to 6-10. 

Against Salisbury, F&M racked up 13 kills and just four errors en route to the 25-17 first-set win. The second was much closer, however 16 kills and an attack percentage of .464 propelled the Diplomats to the narrow 26-24 set win to go up 2-0. 

In the third, the Seagulls barely escaped with the 26-24 win to force a fourth set, one that Salisbury also took narrowly at 25-23 to force a fifth set.

In the short fifth set, the Diplomats notched 10 kills and cruised 15-9 to take the match 3-2.

Julie Harvey recorded a match-high 17 kills for F&M, while Emily Gerard added 13 and Jaclyn Laforgia 12. Caroline Hubbard totaled 50 assists, while Parys Zambas had 17 digs.

In the nightcap, the Diplomats cruised in the first set, 25-11, thanks to 15 kills and an attack percentage of .367. The second set was also fairly easy, with F&M taking it 25-12. 

In the third, the Diplomats put together 12 kills and won the set 25-11 to complete the sweep 3-0. 

Gerard paced the offense with eight kills, while Hubbard added 18 helpers and Zambas notched 11 digs. 

F&M continues play at the ASICS Invitational tomorrow with matches against host school No. 6 Juniata (1:00 p.m.) and No. 12 Chris. Newport (3:00 p.m.)