Diplomats Gear up for Tough CC Slate

Diplomats Gear up for Tough CC Slate
Game 15
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Johns Hopkins at Franklin & Marshall | Lancaster, Pa. | 7:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 23-14
Streak: JHU +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Oct. 3, 2012
Last Hopkins Victory: 3-0, Nov. 4, 2012 – CC Championship
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Game 16
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
Haverford at Franklin & Marshall | Lancaster, Pa. | 12:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 22-9
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Nov. 3, 2012 – CC Semifinals
Last Haverford Victory: 3-2, Oct. 6, 2012
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Series History: F&M traded wins with Johns Hopkins last season, picking up a 3-1 victory in Lancaster back on Oct. 3. However, the Blue Jays bounced back in the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship game, handing the Diplomats a 3-0 defeat on Nov. 4 in Lancaster. F&M still leads the all-time series at 23-14.

Against Haverford, the Diplomats dominate the all-time series at 22-9. Last season both CC squads split a pair of contests with the Fords getting the upper hand early with a 3-2 win on Oct. 6. F&M answered in the CC Semifinals on Nov. 3 with a 3-0 bashing in Lancaster to advance to the Championship.

Last Week: The Diplomats opened last week with a disappointing 3-0 loss on Thursday at Widener (10-9), falling on the road for the first time all season.

Julie Harvey led the offense with nine kills, followed by eight from Sarah Landry. Defensively, Alyssa Sanchez recorded 18 digs while Ellie Ezekiel also reached double digits with 11. Caroline Hubbard tallied 28 assists on the evening for the Diplomats.

F&M responded with a 3-0 sweep against Bryn Mawr on Saturday afternoon in CC play, edging out the Owls in three close sets at 25-22, 25-23 and 25-20. The Diplomats improved to 12-2, 2-0 CC on the year, while Bryn Mawr dropped to 10-5, 1-2 CC.

Ezekiel led the way for the Diplomats with 12 kills while hitting .321 on the day. Hubbard (14) and Ezekiel (10) reached double-digit digs while Hubbard rounded out the stat sheet with a team-high 23 assists.

The Diplomats played well from behind the line, combining for 19 aces in the match, including six from Ezekiel and five from Parys Zambas.

To view statistics from last week, click here.

CC Top Five: After registering 51 assists over the span of two contests last week, Hubbard now leads the CC in assists per set average with 9.78. The junior setter also places fifth in aces per set average with 0.54, while Sanchez places third with a 0.60 average. Sanchez has also been strong defensively, ranking fifth in the conference in digs per set average at 4.02.

Doubling Down: Five times this season an F&M player has recorded a double double, four of which have come courtesy of Ezekiel. Each has come in the form of double-digit kills and digs for the freshman outside hitter. Hubbard has also achieved a double double this season with a 23 assist, 14 dig performance against Bryn Mawr last Saturday.