F&M Splits Saturday Double Header

F&M Splits Saturday Double Header

Box Score: Match 1 | Match 2

SWARTHMORE, Pa – The Diplomats split their two Saturday matches, defeating Swarthmore in Conference play, 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-15, 28-26), and falling to Stockton in non-conference action, 3-0 (21-25, 21-25, 14-25).

Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team is now 13-3, 4-0 CC while Swarthmore fell to 9-6, 2-2 CC and Stockton improved to 16-2 overall following their matches with the Diplomats.

Match 1 - F&M 3, Swarthmore 1

F&M began the day with a Centennial Conference (CC) match against Swarthmore.

The Diplomats opened with a 5-2 run in the first frame before Swarthmore went on an impressive 17-8 run to take a 19-13 lead. F&M rallied with another 5-2 run to narrow the deficit to 21-18, but the Garnet took the final four points to take the set 25-18.

F&M and Swarthmore were tied 14 different times in set two. At 22-22, the Diplomats finally pulled away from the Garnet- courtesy of back-to-back Allison Franke kills- to take a 24-22 lead en route to a 25-23 set win, evening the match at a set apiece.

The Diplomats came out red-hot in set three, claiming 11 of the first 12 points in the set. F&M coasted from there to a 25-15 set victory.

An early 4-0 hole put the Diplomats in a tough position, but F&M battled back to bring the score within one at 15-14. The Garnet tried to pull away several times, twice getting a four-point lead, but the Diplomats surged to take their first lead of the set at 24-23. F&M and Swarthmore went back and forth from there, until the Diplomats finally took a 28-26 victory, clinched on kills from Grace Polisano and Grace Maggiore, to win the set and the match.

Franke's 19 kills led the Diplomat offense.

Carlita Bozzo paced the team with 27 digs, as Delaney Hahn and Maggiore also tallied over 20 digs each against the Garnet

Match 2 – F&M 0, Stockton 3

The Diplomats and Ospreys were knotted up 18-18 before Stockton took their final lead of the opening set. F&M kept it close, but at 22-21 the Ospreys took the final three points to win the set, 25-21.

Similarly close in set two, the score was tied 15-15. Stockton took an 18-15 lead, but F&M came back to tie the score again at 19 points apiece on a 4-1 run. A 6-2 run by the Ospreys to close it out ended a 25-21 set.

Stockton jumped out to a 12-3 lead early in the third and final set, including separate 5-0 and 6-0 runs. F&M went on an 8-6 run to start cutting into the lead, 18-11, but the Ospreys took six of the next seven en route to ultimately winning the set, 25-14, to complete the sweep.

Carlita Bozzo led F&M's defense with 17 digs.

Grace Polisano's eight kills and Grace Maggiore's 25 assists each paced the Diplomats.

F&M returns to CC play when the Diplomats host a match with McDaniel at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.