BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall took two on Saturday to capture the title at the Seventh Annual Greyhound Premiere Invitational at Moravian. The Diplomats (4-1) jumped into the championship final pool on the strength of a pair of 3-0 sweeps Friday night. A 3-1 win over the hosts and a 3-0 sweep of Swarthmore secured the crown, F&M's first invitational win since the 2007 Elizabethtown Invite.
First-year Kerry Rom recorded 23 kills 16 digs and three blocks between the two matches. She had 13 kills, seven digs and a pair of blocks in the 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 win over Moravian. She had 10 kills and nine digs in the 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 sweep of Swarthmore.
Katy May recorded 12 digs and served up five aces in the opening match. Pam Horner fed the offense with 33 assists. Nicole Morano recorded 11 kills and six blocks in each match. Lis Power had ten digs and an ace in the Swarthmore victory. Morano and Horner were each named to the all-tournament team.
The Diplomats used 16 aces to serve their way past Centenary 25-14, 25-13, 25-14 on Friday evening. First-year Jian Lipowcan accounted for four of them to go with her five digs. Classmate, Sydney Seydel threw in seven kills for the Diplomats' cause, while Morano came up with five kills and four blocks.
The class of 2013 served up the 25-11, 25-13, 25-12 win over the Crusdaers. Lipowcan notched five aces and Elise Gilchrist added four more in the sweep. The Diplomats aced Alvernia 20 times. Freshmen led the assault against Alvernia throughout the match. Seydel and Rom each recorded seven kills. Caitlin Krutsick fueled the offense with 14 assists.
The Diplomats return to Lancaster for the home and Centennial Conference opener on Wednesday. F&M will face Washington (Md.).