BALTIMORE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall traveled to first-place Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night, falling 3-0 to the host Blue Jays. The loss dropped the Diplomats to 11-6, 3-2 CC while Hopkins improved to 10-3, 5-0.
The Blue Jays set the tone early in the first set, jumping out to a 10-1 lead. The Diplomats stuck around for the remainder of the set, but never got closer than seven as Hopkins took the first 25-17.
The second set saw the Blue Jays employ the same formula, using a 7-0 run to open up a 12-3 advantage. This time, F&M fought back via some tough serving from Ellie Ezekiel, pulling within two at 14-12. However, Hopkins took eight of the last 10 points in the frame to win 25-15 and take a 2-0 lead.
Another run gave Johns Hopkins a 6-0 lead in the third, only to have the Diplomats close the gap to one on several occasions. A kill from Sarah Landry gave F&M a lead at 16-15, but the Blue Jays responded with a 4-0 run, eventually winning the set and match by a 25-20 score.
Ezekiel led the Diplomat offense with 11 kills, and became just the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs by recording six digs.
F&M will look to get back on track with a pair of home matches against nonconference competition on Saturday, hosting Stockton at 12:00 p.m. and Cabrini at 4:00 p.m.