Diplomats Drop Dutchmen

Diplomats Drop Dutchmen

ANNVILLE, Pa. – Three Franklin & Marshall players reached double-digit kills as the Diplomats dealt hosts Lebanon Valley a 3-1 defeat in the opening game of the Dutchmen Quad on Friday night in nonconference volleyball action. F&M moved to 5-0 with the victory while the Dutchmen fell to 2-4.

The first set saw the Diplomats hit a scorching .359 to win 25-19. Lebanon Valley hit a respectable .267, but F&M recorded 16 kills with just two errors en route to the 1-0 lead.

Set two told a very different story as both teams struggled to repeat their hitting performances from the first set. However, the F&M defense stepped up and held the Dutchmen to six kills and seven errors (-.029) en route to a 25-18 win in the set and a 2-0 lead.

Lebanon Valley got back into the match in the third set, getting 12 kills on just two errors in a 25-18 win. It was the first set that the Diplomats had dropped all year, but F&M rebounded in the fourth. An 11-kill effort from the Diplomats gave the visitors a 25-21 win and a 3-1 victory in the match.

Ellie Ezekiel and Sarah Landry paced the F&M offense with 12 kills apiece, while Grace Polisano joined them in double figures with 11. They were supplied by Allison Edelstein, who recorded 43 kills in the victory.

Cassie Garison recorded one solo block and two block assists to lead the first line of defense. The Diplomats got 14 digs from Edelstein and 13 each from Mary Leneweaver and Ezekiel as well.

The Dutchmen Quad continues tomorrow as F&M returns to Annville for matches with Rowan (11:00 a.m.) and Penn St.-Altoona (2:00 p.m.).