Boland Reaches Win No. 200 as Diplomats Cruise

Boland Reaches Win No. 200 as Diplomats Cruise

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – With a 3-1 triumph over Ursinus on Saturday afternoon to open Centennial Conference (CC) play, Franklin & Marshall volleyball coach Mary Kate Boland captured the 200th win of her career. The Diplomats continued their strong start to the season improving to 11-1, 1-0 CC on the year, while the Bears fell to 5-6, 0-2 CC.

Boland becomes only the second coach in the history of the program to reach the 200-win plateau, joining Steve Coulson who had 251 victories over a span of 12 seasons.

With F&M leading 7-5 early in the first, a 12-3 run from the Diplomats made the score 19-8 to place Ursinus in a hole it could not climb out of. F&M captured six of the final seven points to take a commanding 25-10 win and jump out in front at 1-0.

The Bears returned the favor in the second, tying the match at 1-1 by earning a 25-21 victory. Clinging to a 23-20 lead in the third, back-to-back kills from Julie Harvey and Katie Foreman sealed the 25-20 win to put the Diplomats up 2-1 in the contest.

F&M led 8-7 in the fourth before firing off six-straight points, capped off by an Emily Gerard kill, to jump out in front at 14-7. Ursinus never challenged through the remainder of the set as the Diplomats rolled to a 25-16 win to capture their 11th victory of the season.

Harvey delivered a strong performance in front of the net, registering 17 kills and a .412 hitting percentage.  The junior middle hitter tacked on three digs and three total blocks on the day. Ellie Ezekiel tallied 12 kills to go along with nine digs. Hubbard collected a season-high 45 assists while Alyssa Sanchez led the team with 20 digs.

F&M combined for a .291 hitting percentage compared to a .082 percentage from the Bears.

The Diplomats return to non-conference action on Thursday when F&M hits the road for a 7:00 p.m. contest against Widener.