F&M Drops a Pair

F&M Drops a Pair

ASHLAND, Va. – Franklin & Marshall fell to Washington & Lee 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20) before dropping a match to host school Randolph-Macon 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19) in non-conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats fell to 13-11, while the Generals sit at 21-4 and the Yellow Jackets moved to 16-7.

In the first match against W&L, F&M jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the first set, however the Generals responded with a 10-4 run to take a 13-10 lead. The Diplomats came to within two points at 22-20 off an attack error, but W&L took the first at 25-22 to take a 1-0 advantage. 

Once again, F&M began the second set on fire, as the Diplomats lead 10-2. F&M continued to hold a strong lead at 20-13 before the Generals came storming back and ended the set on a 12-5 spurt to take it 25-21 for a 2-0 lead in the match. 

The third set was tight, as it was tied 10-10 nearly midway through. From there, F&M went on a 17-13 run, capped off by a Parys Zambas service ace. But, W&L finished the set out strong again with a 12-3 run for a 25-20 third-set win and 3-0 victory.

Ellie Ezekiel paced the offense with 12 kills, while Caroline Hubbard added 34 helpers. Alyssa Sanchez notched 13 digs, while Zambas added 12 and Jaclyn Laforgia 10.

In the nightcap against Randolph-Macon, both teams battled in the first as it was tied at 10-10 after a Hubbard kill. In the middle of the set, the squads continued to go back-and-forth until the Diplomats took a 20-18 lead off a kill by Rachel Umberger. But, the Yellow Jackets scored the final seven points to take the set 25-20 and a 1-0 lead in the match. 

The second set was close early as F&M led 11-9. Another Randolph-Macon run, however, crippled the Diplomats' chances of a comeback, as the Yellow Jackets ripped off nine straight points to go ahead 18-11 and cruised the rest of the way for the 25-14 second-set win and 2-0 advantage in the contest.

F&M tried to hang on in the third set, as Randolph-Macon led 12-11. The Yellow Jackets slowly extended the lead to 15-12, then 18-14. The Diplomats came to within three at 20-17 off an Ezekiel kill, but Randolph-Macon would not allow F&M to come any closer en route to the 25-19 win and 3-0 victory.

Ezekiel led the offense again, this time finishing with 15 kills and a .394 hitting percentage. Allison Edelstein provided 19 assists, while Sanchez and Laforgia each recorded 10 digs. 

The Diplomats return to action next Saturday when F&M travels to Chestertown, Md. for a trimatch with host school Washington College (12:00 p.m.) and Goucher (2:00 p.m.).