LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team dropped Centennial Conference (CC) rival Johns Hopkins 3-1 Wednesday night at the Mayser Center. With the win, the Diplomats remain undefeated in CC play and move into sole possession of first place in the standings. F&M's record improves to 10-10, 4-0 CC with the victory, while the Blue Jays drop to 18-2, 3-1 CC.
The Diplomats took the early 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-21 win in the first set. The score remained close throughout until a Rosalie Frank kill put F&M up by its largest margin of the first frame, 24-20.
Johns Hopkins answered in the second set with a 25-18 win to tie up the match 1-1. The Diplomats found themselves in an 8-17 hole before a 7-1 run brought them to within three. The Blue Jays responded with a run of their own to close out the set on a 7-3 run.
In the third frame, F&M outlasted Johns Hopkins with a 25-23 victory to take the 2-1 lead in the match. Down 7-8 early in the set, the Diplomats went on a 10-2 run to take the 17-10 lead. The Blue Jays crawled back into the game with a 13-7 run to bring the score to 24-23. F&M never relinquished the lead, finishing off the set with a spin around kill from Caroline Hubbard to take the set.
The Diplomats closed out Johns Hopkins in the fourth with a 26-24 nail biter to take the contest 3-1. F&M pulled ahead with back-to-back kills from Sydney Seydel to take the 18-16 lead. The Blue Jays found themselves on the brink of a loss with a 24-21 score before fighting back to tie up the match. A kill by Frank gave the Diplomats the 25-24 advantage, setting up match point for F&M. Candice Tussing lined up from the serve position and fired a shot over the net that the Blue Jays were unable to handle. Tussing's fourth ace of the contest gave the Diplomats their third win in a row.
Seydel led the offense with 19 kills, while Julie Harvey added 11 of her own. Hubbard tallied 39 assists on the evening. Alyssa Sanchez paced the defense with 12 digs. Kerry Rom, Caitlin Krutsick and Tussing added 10 digs apiece.
F&M returns to the court this Saturday with a double-header at Haverford. The Diplomats face off against the Fords at 12:00 p.m. before playing in non-conference action against Richard Stockton at 2:00 p.m.
F&M def. Johns Hopkins 25-21,18-25,25-23,26-24
Johns Hopkins (18-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jasmine Warmington 14-0-3; Katie Schwarz 9-3-0; Ellen Rogers 6-2-2; Megan Cohan 5-0-0; Caitlin Callihan 5-0-0; Meagan Donohoe 5-0-0; Carolyn Mickleson 1-2-1; Mariel Metalios 0-2-0; Becky Paynter 0-2-0; Totals 45-11-3.0. (Assists) - Mariel Metalios 16; Carolyn Zin 11; Becky Paynter 10. (Dig leaders) - Katie Schwarz 15; Amelia Thomas 12; Taylor Jansen 11
F&M (10-10) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Sydney Seydel 19-1-4; Julie Harvey 11-0-4; Rosalie Frank 10-0-0; Candice Tussing 6-4-1; Caroline Hubbard 4-1-1; Kerry Rom 3-0-1; Caitlin Krutsick 1-1-0; Jian Lipowcan 1-0-0; Alyssa Sanchez 0-1-0; Totals 55-8-8.0. (Assists) - Caroline Hubbard 39. (Dig leaders) - Alyssa Sanchez 12; Kerry Rom 10; Caitlin Krutsick 10; Candice Tussing 10; Jian Lipowcan 8