BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team fell to No. 17 Johns Hopkins 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-13) on Saturday afternoon.
The Diplomats dropped to 16-11, 7-3 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 22-3, 10-0 CC.
F&M kept the first set close with a kill from Barbara Kapustin tying the frame at 5-5. Johns Hopkins was able to counter and took the lead at 15-10. A Cassie Garison kill sparked the Diplomats on a 5-0 run with Casey Morrow behind the service line and included a service ace to tie the set at 15-15. The Blue Jays were able to recover to take the first 25-20.
Hopkins came out strong to start the second set, quickly taking an 18-10 lead. Once again with Morrow behind the line, F&M went on a 4-0 run that included a kill from Delaney Hahn to close the gap to four points at 18-14. The Blue Jays were able to counter and a late run gave them the second set 25-17.
F&M fought to stay in the match with a kill from Christine Yoo tying the third frame 3-3. The Blue Jays picked up the momentum to take lead at 10-6, but a kill from Grace Maggiore looked to bring the Diplomats back in the game. Johns Hopkins kept the pace to take the third set and the match.
Kapustin led the offense with six kills and two digs. Freshman setter Maggiore tallied 12 assists and seven digs. Senior libero Shae Murphy cemented the defense with eight digs and two assists. Morrow led with three service aces and recorded two kills and four digs.
F&M hosts McDaniel at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening in the first round of the Centennial Conference playoffs.