LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team handed Washington their first setback of the season, a 3-0 sweep, in the Centennial Conference (CC) opener for both squads. Nicole Morano and Jessica Poucel led an overwhelming attack fueled by Pam Horner for a 25-18, 25-7, 25-22 win.
Morano and Poucel each recorded nine kills for the Diplomats (5-1, 1-0 CC), cashing on the bulk of Horner's 30 assists in the match. Sydney Seydel and Mariah Eble jumped into the fray with five attacks landing on the Shorewomen's (5-1, 0-1 CC) side of the floor.
After a convincing F&M win in the first game, Washington came unglued in the second. Stephanie Armstrong served up a six-point run that saw four consecutive Washington errors before Poucel pounced with a kill. An Armstrong ace was the last point in the run, but another service error returned possession to the hosts.
That set up a seven-point serving run from Horner that saw a pair of aces and stretched the Diplomats' lead to 18-4 in the second. That game ended on Washington's 11th attack error. The Diplomats saved their best for last, rolling up 18 kills in the final game to secure the win.
Horner, Katy May and Washington's Jenny Lee and Kaitlin Rowan each picked up three aces on the night. Mat had the Diplomats' team-high in the digs column with six. Morano had three blocks while Heather Letzkus chipped in with a pair.
Lauren Feeny led the Washington offense with six kills and dug her team out of trouble a match-high nine times. Caitlin Ward set her squad up 19 times.
F&M returns to action this weekend for three matches at Richard Stockton.
Franklin & Marshall def. Washington (Md.)
Washington (Md.) (5-1, 0-1 CC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Lauren Feeny 6-1-0; Jenny Lee 4-3-2; Alyssa Forget 4-0-1; Kelli Canada 2-0-2; Maria Whitman 2-0-0; Caitlin Ward 1-1-0; Kaitlin Rowan 1-3-1; Totals 20-8-4.0. (Assists) - Caitlin Ward 19. (Dig leaders) - Lauren Feeny 9; Alyssa Forget 6
Franklin & Marshall (5-1, 1-0 CC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jessica Poucel 9-1-1; Nicole Morano 9-0-3; Sydney Seydel 7-0-1; Mariah Eble 5-0-0; Jian Lipowcan 2-1-0; Pam Horner 2-3-0; Heather Letzkus 1-0-2; Stephanie Armstrong 0-2-0; Caitlin Krutsick 0-2-0; Katy May 0-3-0; Totals 35-12-5.0. (Assists) - Pam Horner 30. (Dig leaders) - Katy May 6; Caitlin Krutsick 5
Site: Lancaster, Pa. (Mayser Center)
Date: Sep 9, 2009 Attend: 115 Time: 1:36
Referees: Chad Zimmerman, Dick Sware, S. Platt & B. Kline