Diplomats Host Scranton Before Dutchmen Quad

Diplomats Host Scranton Before Dutchmen Quad
Match 4
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
F&M vs. Scranton | Lancaster, Pa. | 7:00 PM
Series History: SU leads 7-3
Streak: F&M +2
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Sept. 19, 2009
Last SU Victory: 2-1, Sept. 22, 2000
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Match 5
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
F&M at Lebanon Valley | Annville, Pa. | 7:00 PM
Series History: F&M leads 16-8
Streak: LVC +2
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Sept. 7, 2013
Last LVC Victory: 3-0, Sept. 12, 2015
Game 6
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
F&M vs. Rowan | Annville, Pa. | 11:00 AM
Series Record: Tied 3-3
Streak: F&M +3
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Oct. 17, 2015
Last RU Victory: 2-0, Oct. 10, 1987
Match 7
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
F&M vs. Penn St.-Altoona | Annville, Pa. | 2:00 p.m.
Series History: F&M leads 4-0
Streak: F&M +4
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Sept. 12, 2015
Last PSA Victory: N/A

Series History: Franklin & Marshall hosts Scranton on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for the 11th meeting between the two schools and the first since 2009. The Royals own a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series, but have not defeated the Diplomats since 2000. 

On Friday at 7:00 p.m., F&M travels to Annville, Pa. to take on local rival Lebanon Valley. The Diplomats have dominated in the previous 24 meetings, holding a 16-8 edge, but the Dutchmen have taken the last two matchups and have not lost to F&M since 2013.

The Diplomats head back to Annville on Saturday for two more matches, beginning at 11:00 a.m. when F&M takes on Rowan. The two schools have evenly split the previous six meetings, but the Diplomats own a three-game win streak against the Profs and have not taken a loss since 1987, when Rowan was known as Glassboro St. 

F&M wraps up action at the Dutchmen Quad at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, facing off with Penn St.-Altoona. The Diplomats have taken all four of the previous matchups, and have never lost a set in the series, which dates back to 2005.

Most Recent Meetings: Scranton and F&M last met on Sept. 19, 2009, resulting in a 3-0 win for the Diplomats. Candice Tussing logged a team-high 12 kills as the F&M defense held the Royals to 13 points or fewer in all three sets.

Lebanon Valley came to Lancaster on Sept. 12 last season, grabbing three close sets to deal the Diplomats a 3-0 defeat. Greta Weidemoyer notched a match-high 14 kills for the Dutchmen in the victory.

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Rowan and F&M squared off during the 2015 season as well, meeting in the third segment of a trimatch hosted by Stevenson. Ellie Ezekiel recorded 11 kills for the Diplomats, who claimed two easy sets before taking a tight third set for the 3-0 win.

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F&M and Penn St.-Altoona met Sept. 12 last year, the same day that the Diplomats faced Lebanon Valley. After falling to LVC, F&M rebounded by tallying a dominant 3-0 victory.

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Last Week: The Diplomats opened the 2016 season on Friday with a resounding 3-0 victory at Lancaster Bible in the first game of the Crosstown Crossover. Ezekiel collected 10 kills and Mary Leneweaver tallied 18 digs in the victory.

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F&M returned home on Saturday to host the last two games of the crossover. The Diplomats started the day by winning two close sets and coasting to a third in a 3-0 win over Elizabethtown. The momentum continued in the second match of the day, as Grace Polisano recorded her second 11-kill effort of the day to give F&M another 3-0 victory.

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In the Rankings: Following the opening weekend of action, several Diplomats rank amongst the Centennial Conference (CC) leaders in various statistical categories. Freshman Christine Yoo owns a .457 hitting percentage, which tops the conference and is .091 better than Swarthmore's Alice Liu (.366) in second. Yoo also ranks fifth in the CC with .78 service aces per set.

Senior setter Allison Edelstein's 9.00 assists per set place her in a tie for first in the Centennial with Washington's Taylor Horan. She is joined in the rankings by Leneweaver, who ranks fourth in the CC with 4.67 digs per set, and Grace Polisano, whose 3.11 kills per set are good for fifth.

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Milestone Watch: Saturday's victory over Penn St.-Berks marked the 251st career win by head coach Mary Kate Boland, tying her with Steve Coulson for the program record for wins by a coach. Boland will look to make that record her own with a 252nd win this week.

Ezekiel now has 975 career kills, putting her just 25 short of 1,000. Currently in ninth place on the career kills list at F&M, she is within striking distance of seventh place all-time, held by Tricia Vos '94 (991).