LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team defeated Gettysburg 3-1 (27-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21) on Wednesday evening to break a four-way tie and take second place in the Centennial Conference (CC) standings.
The Diplomats improved to 13-6, 5-1 CC while the Bullets dropped to 18-3, 4-2 CC.
F&M came out strong and with the help of a service ace from Barbara Kapustin took an 8-2 lead to start the first set. Gettysburg was able to rally back and eventually tie the frame at 13-13 and take the lead. Kapustin tied the set once again at 20-20, but errors from the Bullets would help the Diplomats take the first 27-25.
Three attack errors in a row from Gettysburg helped F&M to an 11-5 lead with Gabby Mavroidis behind the service line in the third frame. The Diplomats maintained the momentum to finish out the set at 25-17 off an attack error from the Bullets.
A Grace Polisano kill tied the fourth set at 8-8. Back-to-back kills from Polisano, followed by a kill from Maggiore, and then an ace from Mavroidis extended F&M's lead 13-9. Gettysburg looked to force a fifth set, coming within one point at 17-16, but the Diplomats stayed steadfast and finished out the match, taking the fourth set 25-21.
Three Diplomats recorded a double-double on the evening. Maggiore tallied 41 assists and 11 digs and three blocks, Kapustin recorded 12 kills, to lead the team, and 10 digs, while Polisano was good for 11 kills and 12 digs. Shae Murphy cemented the defense with 22 digs.
F&M travels to Washington College on Saturday for a tri-match, taking on the host at 12:00 p.m. and Alvernia at 2:00 p.m.