Pair of CC Matchups Upcoming for F&M

Pair of CC Matchups Upcoming for F&M
Match 16
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
F&M vs. Swarthmore | Lancaster, Pa. | 7:30 p.m.
Series History: F&M leads 38-5
Streak: SWAT +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Oct. 16, 2013
Last SWAT Victory: 3-0, Sept. 24, 2014
Live Stats | Video (HD)

Match 17
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
F&M at Bryn Mawr | Bryn Mawr, Pa. | 2:00 p.m.
Series History: F&M leads 24-1
Streak: F&M +24
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Oct. 5, 2014
Last BMC Victory: 2-0, Sept. 9, 1989
Live Stats | Video


Series History: Franklin & Marshall continues Centennial Conference (CC) play at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday by hosting Swarthmore. The Diplomats hold a 38-5 all-time advantage over the Garnet, including a 26-game winning streak that ended last season when Swarthmore took down F&M 3-0 on Sept. 24.

To read a recap of that match, click here.

The Diplomats finish the week on Saturday by traveling to Bryn Mawr for a 2:00 p.m. matchup with the Owls. Bryn Mawr won the first contest between the schools in 1989, but since then it has been a series dominated by F&M, winning the last 24 meetings including a 3-1 victory last year on Oct. 5.

To read a recap of that match, click here.

Last Week: The Diplomats opened CC play by hosting Muhlenberg on Wednesday night at the Mayser Center. After the Mules took the opening two sets, F&M grabbed the momentum in the third and carried it all the way to a dramatic 3-2 victory. Ellie Ezekiel had a career-high 28 kills in the match and hit .500 after committing just one error on 54 swings.

To see a recap of the comeback victory, click here.

F&M continued conference play on Saturday in a trimatch with Ursinus and Arcadia. The Diplomats improved their CC record to 2-0 by recording a 3-0 win over the Bears before posting another 3-0 victory over non-conference foe Arcadia later in the day. Ezekiel again led the way with 13 kills in each match as F&M completed the week with three victories and no losses.

To read about F&M's doubleheader sweep, click here.

Player of the Week: Ezekiel was named the conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career after she totaled 54 kills and just eight errors on 118 swings, good for a .389 hitting percentage on the week. Averaging 4.9 kills per set, the junior also logged 24 digs, two aces, and two block assists over the three matches.

In the Rankings: After a big week that included a 52-assist effort against Muhlenberg, Allison Edelstein has jumped to the top of the CC rankings in assists per set with 9.04.

Kelsey Michenko remains near the top of conference rankings in hitting percentage, with her .329 average putting her in fifth place.

Ezekiel's big week has pushed her to sixth in the conference in total kills (169), while her 3.19 kills per set average is eighth in the CC.

Alyssa Sanchez continues to lead the Diplomat defense, ranking sixth in the conference with 201 total digs.

Milestone Watch: Last week's three wins pushed head coach Mary Kate Boland to 243 career victories. In the midst of her 13th season leading the Diplomats, Boland is now just seven wins shy of the 250-win mark and eight wins shy of tying Steve Coulson for the all-time wins record at F&M with 251.