October 2, 2013

Diplomats Take Down Blue Jays

LANCASTER, Pa. – After four close sets on Wednesday evening at the Mayser Center, the Franklin & Marshall volleyball team came away with a 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 25-15) win over Centennial Conference (CC) rival Johns Hopkins. The Diplomats improved to 13-2 on the season and remained unbeaten in CC play at 3-0, while the Blue Jays evened their record at 7-7 and fell to 3-1 in CC action.

Down 8-7 early on in the opening frame, a 7-1 run put F&M ahead by five at 14-9. Still leading later in the set, a Kelsey Morgan ace from behind the line made the score 24-17 before Johns Hopkins captured the next three points to pull within four. On set point, an attack error from the Blue Jays sealed the 25-20 win for the Diplomats.

The second set was much more competitive, with five lead changes throughout. Tied at 15-15, an ace from Hopkins' Carolyn Zin gave the Blue Jays a lead they would not surrender. F&M never allowed Hopkins' to pull ahead by more than four points through the remainder of the frame, but eventually fell 26-24.

Tied at 1-1, the Diplomats got back on track in the third by taking an early 13-5 advantage. With F&M up by nine later in the set, the Blue Jays began chipping away at the lead with a 5-0 run to pull within one at 24-21. However, the Diplomats managed to hang on when a service error from Hopkins ended the set.

F&M looked to close out the match in the fourth and wasted little time in taking control of the set. Up 4-3, the Diplomats shot out in front with a 10-0 run that was highlighted with a pair of kills from Julie Harvey and an ace from Mary Leneweaver.

The Blue Jays were unable to close the gap by more than seven points throughout the remainder of the frame as F&M cruised to the 25-15 set win, capturing the match with a 3-1 victory.

Ellie Ezekiel led the way with her fifth double-double of the season after posting team highs in kills (10) and digs (11). Harvey recorded nine kills on the match while hitting at a .368 clip.

Caroline Hubbard put together a strong performance with 24 kills and nine digs, while Morgan registered four of the team's eight aces on the evening.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts CC-opponent Haverford at 12:00 p.m.

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