Diplomats Fall in Marymount Invite Opener

Diplomats Fall in Marymount Invite Opener

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team lost just its second match of the season in Friday night's opener of the Marymount Invitational, falling 3-0 (19-25, 22-25, 23-25) to the tournament host, Marymount.

The Diplomats' record falls to 6-2, while the Saints' record improves to 3-6. 

F&M and Marymount appeared destined for a close opening set. With the score at 11-9, the Saints went on an 11-5 run to go up 22-16 en route to a 25-19 set victory.

The Diplomats and Saints were tied 21-21 in set two before Marymount took three straight points and four of the final five to take the set, 25-22.

With its back against the wall, F&M took a commanding 16-9 lead to open the final set. Marymount went on a miraculous 11-0 run to go up 20-16. With their backs against the wall, the Diplomats surged to even the score, 23-23, before Marymount ultimately took the final two points to clinch the set and the match.

Allison Franke paced the offense with nine kills. Grace Maggiore led the Diplomats with 23 assists and 14 digs. Carlita Bozzo finished second on the team with 13 digs.

F&M wraps up the Marymount Invitational with two matches on Saturday. The Diplomats are slated to face Meredith at 12:00 p.m. and Emory & Henry at 2:00 p.m.