Diplomats Drop Pair

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team fell to Franciscan and Case Western Reserve on the first day of the Marcia French Memorial Tournament on Friday.  The Diplomats lost 3-2 in a hard fought battle against Franciscan, before falling a 3-0 to Case Western Reserve.

After dropping the first set 25-19 against Franciscan, F&M fought back to take the second set 25-15.  The two squads traded sets again with Franciscan taking the third 25-22 before the Diplomats tied the match up in the fourth with a score of 25-23.  In the fifth set, the Barons pulled away with a 15-11 win to hand F&M its first loss of the season.

The Diplomats were paced offensively with double-digit kills from Heather Letzkus (13), Julie Harvey (11) and Candice Tussing (10).  Meghan Hubert added 26 assists, while Caroline Hubbard tallied 25.

F&M was unable to win a set against a difficult Case Western Reserve squad, who entered the match with a 5-0 record.  After dropping the first two sets (25-19, 25-12) the Diplomats fought hard in the third before having the contest closed out by a score of 27-25. 

F&M was led offensively by Jian Lipowcan, who recorded eight kills. Hubbard tallied 20 assists, while Hubert added 10 of her own.  Hubbard paced the defense as well, adding 10 digs. Alyssa Sanchez also recorded 10 digs for the Diplomats.

The pair of losses bring F&M's record to 4-2 on the season.

The Diplomats step back on the court tomorrow to finish up the tournament with matches against John Carroll at 10:30 a.m. and Westminster (Pa.) at 12:30 p.m.

Franciscan def. F&M 25-19,15-25,25-22,23-25,15-11

Franciscan (4-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Anna Cain 15-0-3; Amy O'Keefe 12-1-1; Maria Prezzia 7-1-1; Christina Lawrence 6-2-1; Dani Link 4-0-1; Jackie Zucco 3-0-1; Lara Holley 0-1-0; Sam Kelly 0-1-0; Total 47-6-6.0. (Assists) - Amy O'Keefe 16; Lara Holley 14. (Dig leaders) - Sam Kelly 34; Christina Lawrence 23; Amy O'Keefe 22; Maria Prezzia 15; Lara Holley 13

F&M (4-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Julie Harvey 13-0-5; Katie Foreman 11-1-4; Candice Tussing 10-0-1; Rosalie Frank 8-0-0; Jian Lipowcan 5-0-0; Meghan Hubert 3-2-0; Kelsey Michenko 3-0-2; Elise Gilchrist 3-0-0; Heather Letzkus 3-0-1; Caroline Hubbard 1-0-2; Kerry Rom 0-1-0; Alyssa Sanchez 0-2-0; Totals 60-6-10.0. (Assists) - Meghan Hubert 26; Caroline Hubbard 25. (Dig leaders) - Alyssa Sanchez 22; Caitlin Krutsick 10; Meghan Hubert 9; Katie Foreman 8; Caroline Hubbard 8

Case Western Reserve def. F&M 25-19,25-13,27-25

F&M (4-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jian Lipowcan 8-0-0; Caroline Hubbard 7-0-0; Candice Tussing 7-0-0; Rosalie Frank 5-1-0; Katie Foreman 4-2-1; Heather Letzkus 2-0-2; Meghan Hubert 0-1-0; Totals 33-4-2.5. (Assists) - Caroline Hubbard 20; Meghan Hubert 10. (Dig leaders) - Jian Lipowcan 12; Alyssa Sanchez 10; Caroline Hubbard 10; Kerry Rom 8

Case Western Reserve (6-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Carolyn Bogart 12-0-1; Natalie Southard 11-0-2; Breana Freeman 7-1-1; Caitlin Shipp 3-0-1; Rachel Miller 3-0-0; Danielle Witri 2-0-0; Hanna Collins 1-0-1; Robyn Marks 1-3-0; Ella Mravec 1-0-0; Haley Kauffman 1-0-0; Samantha Buddemeyer 1-0-0; Alexandria Drake 0-1-0; Totals 43-5-4.0. (Assists) - Breana Freeman 31. (Dig leaders) - Rachel Gulasey 16; Robyn Marks 7