LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team went 2-0 on day two of the Crosstown Crossover, Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center, opening with a 3-0 (29-27, 25-14, 25-18) sweep of Lancaster Bible and following with a comeback 3-2 victory of Messiah (18-25, 22-25, 27-25, 26-24, 15-8).
The Diplomats improved to a perfect 3-0 to start the 2017 season for the sixth-straight year.
A few early runs by F&M had LBC on their toes in the opening set of match one, but the Chargers were able to stay close and bring the frame into extra points. A kill from Delaney Hahn sealed the Diplomats' victory at 29-27.
The second set started with the Diplomats and the Chargers exchanging the lead in a back-and-forth frame. LBC made a late push to bring the score within two at 16-14, but Grace Polisano led the charge from behind the service line, pacing the Diplomats on a 9-0 run to end the set, 25-14.
The lead bounced back and forth to start the third, but three straight service aces from Delaney Hahn pushed the Diplomats to a 12-10 lead. The score remained close late into the set and was tied at 16-16 before a Polisano kill kicked off a 5-0 F&M run that put the Diplomats ahead for good.
Match two started with the Falcons taking control early by sweeping sets one and two. Tied at 13-13 in the third, the Diplomats went on a 4-0 run to gain momentum. Teetering back and forth, a kill from Morrow ended the set 27-25, and kept hope alive for F&M.
The Falcons came out strong to start the fourth set, going on a 5-0 run. The Diplomats fought back and eventually tied the score 9-9. Errors were the downfall of Messiah to close out the frame, and a kill from Delaney Hahn and then a ball-handling error for Messiah ended the set 26-24 in F&M's favor.
Tied at 5-5 in the fifth, F&M went on a 4-0 run with Chloe Kong delivering consistently from behind the service line. The Diplomats sustained the lead the rest of the game and Polisano finished it off with a kill to end the match.
Hahn, Polisano, and Morrow controlled the offense with 16, 15, and 13 kills respectively. Maggiore, Polisano, and Hahn cemented a strong defensive performance with 17 digs while Gabby Mavriodis recorded 12.
The Diplomats return to action Wednesday, traveling to Scranton for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.