Diplomats Take Down Spartans

Diplomats Take Down Spartans

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall downed York (Pa.) 3-1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-13, 25-14) in non-conference volleyball action on Wednesday night. The Diplomats stayed perfect at 4-0, while the Spartans dropped to 2-3.

It was a tight opening set as the Diplomats led 10-6. Following a timeout, F&M rattled off four straight points, which included two service aces from Caroline Hubbard, to increase the lead to 14-6. York would only get as close as seven points at 19-12, but F&M took the opening set 25-14.

In the second, the Diplomats jumped out to a 10-4 lead, however the Spartans went on a 7-1 run to tie the set at 11-11. From there, York continued to control the set as the Spartans took a 20-15 advtantage. F&M got the score to within four off an attack error, however York was able to close out the set 25-20 and tie the match at 1-1. 

The Diplomats came out strong in the third, jumping out to a 9-2 lead. F&M increased its lead later in the set at 15-8, thanks to a kill from Kelsey Michenko. The Spartans came to within five at 18-13, but the Diplomats scored the final seven points to win 25-13 and take a 2-1 lead in the match. 

The final set began like the third, as F&M took an early 11-2 advantage. When York got to within seven at 17-10, the Diplomats responded by scoring five straight points to make the score 22-10 and put the Spartans away for good. F&M took the final set by a score of 25-14 and won the match 3-1.

Julie Harvey led the Diplomats with seven kills, while Emily Gerard added six and Ellie Ezekiel five. Hubbard finished with 28 helpers, and Alyssa Sanchez compiled 19 assists.

As a team, F&M recorded 12 service aces, three coming from Hubbard, and six total blocks.

F&M returns to action on Friday when the Diplomats take on Gwynedd Mercy at the LVC Tournament in Annville at 8:00 p.m.