GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg used an 8-1 run in the critical fifth set to hand Franklin & Marshall a 3-2 (16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11) defeat on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball competition. With the defeat the Diplomats fell to 13-14 overall and 5-4 while the Bullets improved to 14-12 overall and 4-5 in the conference.
Neither team took clear control in the opening set until a 7-0 run from F&M, fueled by the serve of Parys Zambas, gave the Diplomats a 17-11 lead. That lead would only grow as F&M took the set 25-16.
Tied at eight in the second set, the Bullets used a 5-0 run to take a 13-8 lead. F&M fought back to as close as two at 21-19, but Gettysburg pulled away to take the set 25-21.
The Bullets followed the same pattern in the third, using a 9-4 run to erase a two-point deficit and take a 17-14 lead. The Diplomats again fought back to 21-21, but Gettysburg again pulled out a late run to take the set, 25-22.
In the fourth it was F&M that made a 7-0 run in the middle of the set to take a 16-8 lead. The Bullets pulled to within three at 23-20, but two late attacking errors from Gettysburg gave the Diplomats the set 25-20.
The fifth set offered a faster start the first four sets, with the Bullets jumping out to leads of 8-1 and 12-4. A 6-0 run from F&M brought the score to 12-10, but Gettysburg held on to take the final set 15-11.
Ezekiel led the Diplomat offense with 19 kills, while Umberger pitched in 12 to go along with 10 from Kapustin.
F&M finishes up regular season play on Saturday, traveling to Dickinson for a 1:00 p.m. match with the Red Devils. The Diplomats need a victory to secure a spot in next week's CC Playoffs.