HUNTINGTON, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall dropped a 3-0 match to Juniata (25-15, 25-22, 26-24) before Christopher Newport downed the Diplomats 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-20) in non-conference volleyball action. F&M now sits at 9-6, while the Eagles' record is 11-2 and the Captains are 14-1.
Against Juniata, it was close early as the Eagles held a slight 8-5 advantage. Juniata continued to lead at 14-10, and proceeded to score seven straight to take a 21-10 lead. The Eagles went on to win the first at 25-15.
In the middle of the second, the set was tied at 10-10 before the Diplomats took an 11-10 lead off a Juniata attack error. However, the Eagles took seven of the next nine points to open up a 17-13 advantage. F&M charged back and tied it at 18-18, but Juniata made it 23-21 off a kill by Sarah Landry. The Diplomats' Cassie Garison recorded a kill to bring F&M to within one at 23-22, but an attack error and kill sealed the set for the Eagles at 25-22.
The third set was also close, as the Diplomats led 14-10. From there, F&M put together an 8-4 run to increase the lead to 22-14. However, the Eagles ended the set on a 12-2 run to take it 26-24 and take the match 3-0.
In the nightcap against the Captains, F&M dropped the first set 25-12. The second was closer, as the Diplomats compiled 11 kills in the set, but fell 25-22.
In the third, F&M fought to stay alive with nine kills but fell to 25-20 and 3-0 in the match.
Laforgia led the offense with eight kills and 10 digs, while Hubbard tallied 20 helpers.
For her efforts, Laforgia was named to the All-Tournament team, with Chris. Newport's Rachel Conway earning MVP honors.
The Diplomats return to action Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference (CC) matchup at Swarthmore.