Bullets Nick F&M

Bullets Nick F&M

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg used an 8-1 run in the critical fifth set to hand Franklin & Marshall a 3-2 (16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11) defeat on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball competition. With the defeat the Diplomats fell to 13-14 overall and 5-4 while the Bullets improved to 14-12 overall and 4-5 in the conference.

Neither team took clear control in the opening set until a 7-0 run from F&M, fueled by the serve of Parys Zambas, gave the Diplomats a 17-11 lead. That lead would only grow as F&M took the set 25-16.

The Diplomat defense held Gettysburg to a -.176 hitting average in the frame, led by Kelsey Michenko's 1.5 blocks. Ellie Ezekiel paced the offense with six kills.

Tied at eight in the second set, the Bullets used a 5-0 run to take a 13-8 lead. F&M fought back to as close as two at 21-19, but Gettysburg pulled away to take the set 25-21.

The Bullets followed the same pattern in the third, using a 9-4 run to erase a two-point deficit and take a 17-14 lead. The Diplomats again fought back to 21-21, but Gettysburg again pulled out a late run to take the set, 25-22.

In the fourth it was F&M that made a 7-0 run in the middle of the set to take a 16-8 lead. The Bullets pulled to within three at 23-20, but two late attacking errors from Gettysburg gave the Diplomats the set 25-20.

F&M recorded a match-high 16 kills in the frame, getting five from Ezekiel and four each from Rachel Umberger and Barbara Kapustin.

The fifth set offered a faster start the first four sets, with the Bullets jumping out to leads of 8-1 and 12-4. A 6-0 run from F&M brought the score to 12-10, but Gettysburg held on to take the final set 15-11.

Ezekiel led the Diplomat offense with 19 kills, while Umberger pitched in 12 to go along with 10 from Kapustin.

Allison Edelstein logged 49 assists on the night, while Alyssa Sanchez led the way with 27 digs. Ezekiel pulled out 19 digs of her own to complete her double-double.

F&M finishes up regular season play on Saturday, traveling to Dickinson for a 1:00 p.m. match with the Red Devils. The Diplomats need a victory to secure a spot in next week's CC Playoffs.