Diplomats Dominate Final Day of Crosstown Crossover

Diplomats Dominate Final Day of Crosstown Crossover

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team went 2-0 on day two of the Crosstown Crossover, Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center, opening with a 3-0 (29-27, 25-14, 25-18) sweep of Lancaster Bible and following with a comeback 3-2 victory of Messiah (18-25, 22-25, 27-25, 26-24, 15-8).

The Diplomats improved to a perfect 3-0 to start the 2017 season for the sixth-straight year.

A few early runs by F&M had LBC on their toes in the opening set of match one, but the Chargers were able to stay close and bring the frame into extra points. A kill from Delaney Hahn sealed the Diplomats' victory at 29-27. 

The second set started with the Diplomats and the Chargers exchanging the lead in a back-and-forth frame. LBC made a late push to bring the score within two at 16-14, but Grace Polisano led the charge from behind the service line, pacing the Diplomats on a 9-0 run to end the set, 25-14.

The lead bounced back and forth to start the third, but three straight service aces from Delaney Hahn pushed the Diplomats to a 12-10 lead. The score remained close late into the set and was tied at 16-16 before a Polisano kill kicked off a 5-0 F&M run that put the Diplomats ahead for good.

Polisano led the offensive charge with 14 kills, followed by eight for Casey Morrow and seven for Hahn. Freshmen setter Grace Maggiore directed the offense with 34 assists.

Match two started with the Falcons taking control early by sweeping sets one and two. Tied at 13-13 in the third, the Diplomats went on a 4-0 run to gain momentum. Teetering back and forth, a kill from Morrow ended the set 27-25, and kept hope alive for F&M.

The Falcons came out strong to start the fourth set, going on a 5-0 run. The Diplomats fought back and eventually tied the score 9-9. Errors were the downfall of Messiah to close out the frame, and a kill from Delaney Hahn and then a ball-handling error for Messiah ended the set 26-24 in F&M's favor.

Tied at 5-5 in the fifth, F&M went on a 4-0 run with Chloe Kong delivering consistently from behind the service line. The Diplomats sustained the lead the rest of the game and Polisano finished it off with a kill to end the match.

Hahn, Polisano, and Morrow controlled the offense with 16, 15, and 13 kills respectively. Maggiore, Polisano, and Hahn cemented a strong defensive performance with 17 digs while Gabby Mavriodis recorded 12.

The Diplomats return to action Wednesday, traveling to Scranton for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.