Diplomats Earn Split on Day One of Juniata Invitational

Diplomats Earn Split on Day One of Juniata Invitational

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team split a pair of non-conference matches at the Juniata Invitational on Friday night in Huntingdon, Pa.  The Diplomats swept FDU-Florham 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-9) before dropping a match against Carnegie Mellon in straight sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-20).  The pair of contests moved F&M's record to 7-8 on the season.

The Diplomats cruised in their first match of the night against FDU-Florham, winning by double digits in all three sets.  In the first frame, F&M jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a 25-9 defeat of the Devils.  The Diplomat's success in the first set carried over to the second as they took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-14 win.  F&M closed out the contest with a 25-9 bashing of FDU-Florham in the third. The win evened up the Diplomats' record to 7-7 on the season and gave them their third victory in a row, while the Devils dropped to 1-7.

Sydney Seydel led the offense with 10 kills and an outstanding .769 kill percentage.  Caroline Hubbard added 16 assists, while Alyssa Sanchez paced the defense with 10 digs.  Rosalie Frank was sharp from behind the line, landing five of the team's season-high 14 aces.

F&M was proficient all match, committing a season-low nine errors. 

Against Carnegie Mellon, the Diplomats dropped a first-set heartbreaker 25-23.  Down 20-14, F&M staged a comeback with a 7-1 run to tie up the match, 21-21.  The Tartons went on to win three of the final four points of the set to go up 1-0 on the Diplomats.

In the second set, F&M once again needed to put together a comeback late in the set to bring the score close.  Down 14-4, the Diplomats went on a 12-5 run to bring the score to within three at 19-16.  Carnegie Mellon answered with a 6-1 run to take the set 25-17 and put F&M in a 2-0 hole.

The Tartons jumped out to an early 7-3 lead in the third and never relinquished it, handing the Diplomats a 25-20 loss and winning the match 3-0.  The victory moved Carnegie Mellon's record  to 8-8 on the year.

Candice Tussing led the offense with 11 kills, while Hubbard tallied 12 assists.  Sanchez paced the defense with 11 digs.

The Diplomats return to the court tomorrow to conclude play at the Juniata Invitational with matches against Juniata at noon and Salisbury at 2:00 p.m.

F&M def. FDU-Florham 25-9,25-14,25-9

F&M (7-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Sydney Seydel 10-1-1; Candice Tussing 6-1-0; Kerry Rom 5-2-0; Katie Foreman 4-0-0; Rosalie Frank 4-5-2; Jian Lipowcan 3-0-0; Elise Gilchrist 3-0-0; Ellana Benabou 2-0-0; Erin Dancy 1-0-0; Meghan Hubert 1-0-0; Caroline Hubbard 1-3-0; Alyssa Sanchez 0-2-0; Totals 40-14-2.0. (Assists) - Caroline Hubbard 16. (Dig leaders) - Alyssa Sanchez 10; Candice Tussing 6

FDU-Florham (1-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jean Etersque 3-0-0; Savannah Hickox 3-0-0; Helena Riede 3-0-1; Lisa Barenzano 2-0-1; Maggie Kaszuba 2-0-2; Totals 13-0-2.0. (Assists) - (Dig leaders) - Erin Gannon 9; Madison Cicchetti 6

Carnegie Mellon def. F&M 25-23,25-17,25-20

Carnegie Mellon (8-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Parsa, Senna 16-0-2; Celentano, Ali 10-0-1; Mora, Olivia 7-0-2; Bell, Taylor 4-0-1; Stadelman, Mary 3-0-1; Miller, Rachel 1-2-0; Lawlis, Emily 1-0-0; Wright, Emily 0-1-0; Wolfinger, Rebecca 0-0-1; Totals 42-3-5.0. (Assists) - Wright, Emily 21; Lawlis, Emily 13. (Dig leaders) Nichols, Ali 10; Parsa, Senna 9

F&M (7-8) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Candice Tussing 11-0-4; Sydney Seydel 7-0-3; Rosalie Frank 6-0-1; Kerry Rom 4-0-0; Caroline Hubbard 4-1-0; Katie Foreman 2-0-2; Jian Lipowcan 2-0-0; Meghan Hubert 1-0-0; Alyssa Sanchez 0-2-0; Totals 37-3-8.0. (Assists) - Meghan Hubert 20; Caroline Hubbard 12. (Dig leaders) - Alyssa Sanchez 11; Meghan Hubert 5