ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Muhlenberg before rebounding with a 3-0 sweep of Union on Saturday at a trimatch hosted by the Mules. The split moved the Diplomats to 15-7, 4-3 CC on the year.
Following a defeat in match one, F&M got back on track in the second contest of the day against Union. The first set saw the teams stay close as the Dutchwomen held a slim 9-8 lead, but the Diplomats responded with an 8-1 run thanks in part to three kills from Ellie Ezekiel. Union never got closer than four, and two more kills from Ezekiel closed out a 25-18 win.
The Diplomats once again used a 7-0 run in the middle of the second set, this time getting two aces from Grace Polisano to take a 17-13 edge. The back-and-forth action continued as Union tied the set at 18-18, only to have F&M retake a 23-18 advantage on the serve of Allison Edelstein. The set went down to the wire, but the Diplomats came out with a 25-23 victory to go up 2-0 in the match.
The third set offered none of the drama seen in the first two sets, with F&M reeling off 15 straight points to take a commanding 16-1 lead. The Dutchwomen never got back in the set, as F&M clinched the match with a 25-5 win.
Earlier in the day, F&M dropped a tough 3-1 decision after four tight sets. The opening frame went to Muhlenberg after the hosts reeled off three straight points to steal a 25-23 win.
The second set saw the Mules lead throughout, but a late Diplomat run saw the visitors come within three in the late stages. However, Muhlenberg held on for the 25-21 edge and a 2-0 lead.
The third set saw F&M come out on the right side of a close score, building a seven-point advantage in the middle of the set and holding on for a 25-19 win. Five kills by Ezekiel and four from Polisano let the Diplomats stay in the match.
The Mules took control early in the fourth, using a 4-0 lead for a 6-2 edge. That lead eventually grew to seven at 19-12, resulting in a 25-19 win for the hosts.
Yoo added three block assists for the defense, while Leneweaver set a career high with 30 digs.
The Diplomats return to CC action next Saturday, visiting Washington at 12:00 p.m.