BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall battled but was edged out by Johns Hopkins 3-2 (27-25, 25-22, 18-25, 19-25, 15-12) in a thrilling five-setter in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action on Wednesday evening. The Diplomats fell to 12-9, 2-4 CC, while the Blue Jays moved to 11-10, 2-2 CC.
The match opened in thrilling fashion, as F&M recorded 17 kills in the first, however Johns Hopkins tallied 20 and took the set 27-25 to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the next set, the Diplomats stayed with the Blue Jays throughout, but Johns Hopkins was able to pull away late and take the set 25-22 and a 2-0 advantage overall.
Refusing to go quietly, F&M stormed back and took the third set 25-18, thanks to 12 kills, and stayed in the match at 2-1.
In the fourth set, the Diplomats took advantage of eight Blue Jay errors to take the set 25-19 and force F&M's fourth fifth-set match of the year.
The final set was tight throughout, however Johns Hopkins pulled away late and came away wit the 15-12 edge and 3-2 win in the match.
Alyssa Sanchez tallied 28 digs, the second-most in a five-set match for one player in F&M history. Meghan Godorov had 51 digs against Elizabethtown on Sep. 1, 2004.
As a team, F&M recorded 93 digs, which ties the most ever for an F&M squad in a five-set match. Back on Aug. 21, 2012, the Diplomats finished with 93 digs against Lancaster Bible.
F&M returns to action on Wednesday when the Diplomats welcome McDaniel to Mayser Center for a 7:00 p.m. match.