Johns Hopkins Edges F&M in Thriller

Johns Hopkins Edges F&M in Thriller

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.

Ellie Ezekiel paced the Diplomat offense with 15 kills, while Julie Harvey notched 13 and Rachel Umberger 10. Caroline Hubbard added 44 helpers and 15 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. 

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.