ALLENTOWN, Pa.—Franklin & Marshall won its second straight match Wednesday night, holding off Muhlenberg in a 3-2 thriller in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action. The Diplomats improve to 11-8, 6-1 CC while the Mules drop to 6-13, 4-3 CC. The win also allows the Diplomats to keep pace with Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg at the top of the CC standings.
It looked like it would be a short night, as the Diplomats jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of 25-18 and 25-20 victories. However, the Mules would not go away, as they rallied to even the match with 25-21 and 25-23 wins. The fifth set went back and forth before F&M pulled out a 15-13 win to capture the match.
Julie Harvey once again paced the Diplomats offense, tallying 22 kills and a .304 hitting percentage. Jessica Poucel added 11 kills to go along with five digs. Caroline Hubbard notched her second straight double-double, adding 39 assists, and 14 digs. Defensively, Hubbard, Caitlin Krutsick, Katy May, and Lis Power recorded double-digit dig totals. Hubbard and May had strong service games, recording four services aces each. As a team, the Diplomats racked up 16 aces.
F&M will head down to Salisbury this weekend for a tournament with Oneonta State, Richard Stockton, and host Salisbury. On Saturday, the Diplomats will face Salisbury at 3 p.m., and Richard Stockton at 5 p.m. On Sunday, F&M will face Oneonta State at 9:30 a.m., and an opponent to be determined at 11:30 a.m.
Franklin & Marshall def. Muhlenberg 25-18,25-20,21-25,23-25,15-13
Franklin & Marshall (11-8 (6-1)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Julie Harvey 22-0-2; Jessica Poucel 11-3-1; Sydney Seydel 10-0-2; Heather Letzkus 5-0-1; Caroline Hubbard 4-4-2; Jian Lipowcan 2-2-1; Caitlin Krutsick 2-2-2; Katy May 1-4-0; Stephanie Armstrong 0-1-0; Totals 57-16-7.0. (Assists) - Caroline Hubbard 39. (Dig leaders) - Caitlin Krutsick 17; Katy May 16; Caroline Hubbard 14; Lis Power 13
Muhlenberg (6-13 (4-3)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Brooke McQueen 11-0-2; Davi Gordon 9-2-5; Lindsey Gambocurta 8-0-0; Holly Hynson 6-0-3; Nikki Dickson 6-1-0; Jackie Price 4-0-3; Morgan Duggan 0-1-0; Erica Wenzel 0-1-0; Julia Elkin 0-1-0; Totals 44-6-7.0. (Assists) - Nikki Dickson 31. (Dig leaders) - Alyssa Schell 23; Nikki Dickson 12; Julia Elkin 10; Brooke McQueen 9