BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-0 (24-26, 23-25, 20-25) match to Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship on Sunday afternoon.
The Diplomats fall to 20-7 while the Blue Jays improved to 29-0 and earned the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In the opening set, F&M took a 12-7 advantage before Johns Hopkins claimed five consecutive points to even the score, 12-12. The Diplomats then poured in a 12-5 run to take a 24-17 lead before the Blue Jays surged back again, winning the final nine points of the set to stun F&M, 26-24.
After overcoming an early 6-2 deficit in set two, the Diplomats tied the score at six. F&M traded short runs with Johns Hopkins to be down by just one point, 13-12. The Blue Jays took six of the next seven to take a 19-13 lead, but F&M rallied again to tie the score at 23 before Johns Hopkins tacked on the set's final two points to take the 25-23 victory.
In set three, the Diplomats took an early 11-3 advantage, including a 5-0 run headlined by three Carly Ostrowski service aces. However, Johns Hopkins went on a 17-5 run, including a stretch of six consecutive points and nine of ten points, to take a 20-16 lead. F&M took three of the next four points to get the score back within one, 21-20, but the Blue Jays took the final four points to thwart F&M's title hopes.
Carlita Bozzo tallied 21 digs to lead F&M's defense.
F&M learns its NCAA fate Monday as the team looks to earn a bid to the national tournament for the second consecutive season. Stay tuned to GoDiplomats.com as more information is made available.