F&M Heads to McDaniel for CC Tournament Opener

F&M Heads to McDaniel for CC Tournament Opener
Match 29 – CC First Round
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
No. 5 F&M at No. 4 McDaniel | Westminster, Md. | 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: McD leads 32-27
Streak: F&M +8
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Oct. 14, 2015
Last McD Victory: 3-2, Oct. 8, 2014
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall heads to Westminster, Md. on Wednesday as the fifth seed in the Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament, taking on No. 4 McDaniel in the opening round of the CC Playoffs. The Green Terror hold a 32-27 edge in the previous 59 meetings, but the Diplomats have won the past eight contests, including a 3-1 decision on Oct. 14.

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Last Week: F&M opened the final week of regular season play on Wednesday, traveling to Gettysburg looking to clinch a CC Playoff berth with a victory. After the Diplomats fought to even the score at two, Gettysburg used an 8-1 run early in the fifth set to hand Franklin & Marshall a 3-2 defeat. Ellie Ezekiel recorded 19 kills and Alyssa Sanchez notched 27 digs in the effort.

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Entering Saturday, the Diplomats retained control of their own destiny, needing a victory over Dickinson to clinch a CC Tournament spot. F&M took care of business early, holding the Red Devils to a .035 hitting percentage and taking the contest 3-0.

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CC Tournament History: Last season the Diplomats won the school's first CC Title since 2010, winning three games from the No. 5 position to take the crown. F&M will look to repeat the feat this season after again entering the tournament as the No. 5 seed. A victory in this year's edition would be give the Diplomats back-to-back titles for the first time since the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

Path to the Title

Saturday, November 7 at Baltimore, Md.

Semifinal 1 – No. 4/5 vs. No. 1 Johns Hopkins, 1:00 p.m.

Semifinal 2 – No. 2 Haverford vs. No. 3 Swarthmore, 3:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, November 8 at Baltimore, Md.

Final – Semifinal Winners, 1:00 p.m.

In the Rankings: Allison Edelstein is now in her sixth week leading the conference in assists per set with an average of 9.74. In second is Taylor Horan of Washington at 8.99.

Sanchez has continued her impressive defensive form, ranking fourth in the conference in total digs (442) and digs per set (4.65).

At the end of the regular season, Ezekiel's impressive numbers have her averaging a double-double at 11.8 kills per match and 11.1 digs per match. Her kills per set average (3.31) is seventh in the conference and she is sixth in total kills (331).

Milestone Watch: Last week saw Sanchez tally 41 more digs, bringing her career total to 1,635. She now holds sole possession of second place in the F&M record books, trailing only Meghan Godorov '05 (2,181).

After recording 34 kills last week, Ezekiel now has 930 for her career, good for ninth in F&M history. She is 60 short of Kristen Kowalski (990) in eighth and 61 shy of Tricia Vos (991) in seventh.

Boland Closes In On 250: Saturday's victory over Dickinson gave head coach Mary Kate Boland her 248th career victory. She needs just two more to reach the 250-win plateau and four more to break the F&M record for wins by a coach, held by Steve Coulson (251).