SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, - Franklin & Marshall fell to No. 2 Hope (Mich.) 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20) in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Wittenburg University.
The Diplomats finished out the season with a 21-12 mark, while Hope (29-2) advances to the Second Round where the Flying Dutch will take on Juniata (27-7).
Hope led by four points early in the first set at 8-4 and extended the advantage to 14-9, however F&M scored five straight to tie the set at 14-14. From there, both teams traded points and the Flying Dutch took a two-point lead at 21-19 before winning the last four points of the set to take it 25-19 for a 1-0 lead in the contest.
The second set began with Hope scoring seven of the first 11 points for a 7-4 lead. The Diplomats battled back to tie the contest at 9-9 off a kill by Katie Foreman, and F&M took the lead at 10-9 off a Flying Dutch attack error. The set remained close at 14-14 until Hope rattled off six straight points to take a 20-14 advantage.
The Diplomats came storming back in the set to bring the score to 23-22 in favor of the Flying Dutch, but an Anna Lynch kill and Jayne Kessel service ace clinched the second set at 25-22 to give Hope a 2-0 lead in the contest.
Hope jumped out to another 8-4 lead in the third set, however an 8-6 run by F&M cut the Flying Dutch's lead to 14-12. From there, Hope opened up a seven-point lead off a 7-2 run to take a 21-14 advantage. The Flying Dutch went on to win the set 25-20 to take the match 3-0.
Jenna Grasmeyer led Hope's offense with 14 kills, while Lauren Hazekamp had 34 helpers.
F&M's seasons ends after the Diplomats won the program's sixth Centennial Conference (CC) Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.