Franklin & Marshall's 7-3 Centennial Conference (CC) record earned the Diplomats a berth in the CC Tournament for the ninth consecutive season, and for the third straight year as the No. 5 seed. F&M begins its quest for a seventh CC Title on Wednesday, visiting the fourth-seeded Mules of Muhlenberg for a 7:00 p.m. first-round match.
Series History: The Diplomats have dominated Muhlenberg in the 28 previous meetings, putting together a 24-4 advantage, but the Mules took the regular-season match this year by a 3-1 margin on Oct. 15.
Sat., Oct. 29 vs. Dickinson: W, 3-0 | Recap
Sat., Oct. 29 vs. Moravian: W, 3-1 | Recap
CC Tournament History: F&M enters the CC Tournament as the No. 5 seed for the third time in three years. Last year the Diplomats fell to McDaniel 3-1 in the first-round match, but in 2014 claimed their sixth conference title after winning three matches to take the crown.
Path to the Title
Saturday, Nov. 5 - Baltimore, Md.
Semifinal 1 – No. 1 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 4/5, 1:00 p.m.
Semifinal 2 – No. 2 Swarthmore vs. No. 3 Haverford, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6 - Baltimore, Md.
Final – Semifinal Winners, 1:00 p.m.
Among the Leaders: Ellie Ezekiel's hot hitting in recent weeks has taken her to the top of the CC's offensive rankings. Her 330 kills rank first in the conference, 28 more than the closest competitor, while her 3.63 kills per set are good for second in the CC.
Allison Edelstein continues to stuff the stat sheet as well, now averaging 10.31 assists per set. That average leads the Centennial, and ranks 19th in the nation. She also ranks third in the CC with .53 service aces per set.
Mary Leneweaver's career-high 32 digs against Moravian kept her near the top of the conference's defensive statistics. She ranks fourth in the CC in both digs per set (4.87) and total digs (458).
Milestone Watch: With her seventh CC win of the season over Dickinson on Saturday, head coach Mary Kate Boland reached her second major coaching milestone of the season. The victory gave her 111 career victories in conference play, breaking the record previously owned ex-McDaniel coach Carole Molloy. This comes after Boland became the winningest head coach in F&M history earlier this season.
Ezekiel continues to climb the career record books, now sitting fourth in program history with 1,284 kills. She also ranks second in career attack attempts (3,864), and is within striking distance of Julie Simpson '00 (3,902) for the all-time record.
Leneweaver and Ezekiel have moved into a tie for the third-most matches played in program history with 117 each. The record is held by Meghan Godorov '06 with 124.