Blue Jays Beat Diplomats

Blue Jays Beat Diplomats

BALTIMORE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall traveled to first-place Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night, falling 3-0 to the host Blue Jays. The loss dropped the Diplomats to 11-6, 3-2 CC while Hopkins improved to 10-3, 5-0.

The Blue Jays set the tone early in the first set, jumping out to a 10-1 lead. The Diplomats stuck around for the remainder of the set, but never got closer than seven as Hopkins took the first 25-17.

The second set saw the Blue Jays employ the same formula, using a 7-0 run to open up a 12-3 advantage. This time, F&M fought back via some tough serving from Ellie Ezekiel, pulling within two at 14-12. However, Hopkins took eight of the last 10 points in the frame to win 25-15 and take a 2-0 lead.

Another run gave Johns Hopkins a 6-0 lead in the third, only to have the Diplomats close the gap to one on several occasions. A kill from Sarah Landry gave F&M a lead at 16-15, but the Blue Jays responded with a 4-0 run, eventually winning the set and match by a 25-20 score.

Ezekiel led the Diplomat offense with 11 kills, and became just the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs by recording six digs.

Mary Leneweaver led the defense with 11 digs, while Parys Zambas also reached double digits with 10.

F&M will look to get back on track with a pair of home matches against nonconference competition on Saturday, hosting Stockton at 12:00 p.m. and Cabrini at 4:00 p.m.