LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall hit well over .300 in victories over Stockton and Cabrini on Saturday in a nonconference trimatch at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats improved to 13-6 with the pair of wins.
F&M held a slight lead throughout the early going in the first set of the first match against Stockton, eventually owning a 19-15 edge late in the frame. The Diplomats went on to pull away from the Ospreys, employing a 4-0 run on the serve of Grace Polisano for the 25-18 victory. F&M logged 16 kills in the opener to take a 1-0 lead.
The second set saw the Diplomats continue to raise the pressure, using a 7-1 run to go up 11-6. The Ospreys managed to keep it close, but four straight aces from Allison Edelstein put the frame out of reach as F&M went up 22-13, eventually winning 25-14. Ellie Ezekiel logged six kills as the Diplomats recorded a .500 team average in the set.
More of the same carried F&M in the third, this time with Sarah Landry recording back-to-back aces in a 9-1 run that gave F&M a 19-12 advantage. Stockton never got closer than six as the Diplomats got two kills from Ezekiel and one from Sarah Landry to help Edelstein serve out the set, 25-14.
Ezekiel tallied 15 kills on just three errors to pace the F&M offense, while Polisano also reached double figures with 11. As a team, the Diplomats hit .348 in the sweep.
The first set of F&M's second match against Cabrini saw the Diplomats get pushed harder than at any other point during the day, The Cavaliers trailed by just two at 22-20, but two clutch kills from Ezekiel carried F&M to the 25-21 win in the opener.
The second frame stayed close as well, with the teams knotted at 12-12. Edelstein again provided the service as the Diplomats reeled off five straight points to go up 17-12. Cabrini fought back to within one at 19-18, but F&M got kills from four different players in the last few points of the set to claim a 25-19 win and a 2-0 lead.
The third set provided no such drama as a 15-2 F&M run near the beginning of the frame put the match away long before the final point was tallied. That lead would grow to as large as 15 as the Diplomats cruised to the sweep in style, 25-10.
The F&M offense was dominant once again, totaling 49 kills on just 12 errors for a .363 hitting average in the match. Ezekiel typified the Diplomat efficiency, smacking 17 kills to go along with just two errors, while Landry added 12 kills and hit a scorching .526 in the victory.
The Diplomats return to Centennial Conference play on Thursday, hosting McDaniel at 7:00 p.m. in an important CC contest.