LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall volleyball dominated Muhlenberg on Wednesday night with a 3-0 victory in Centennial Conference (CC) action at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats move into sole position of first place in the CC with a 5-1 record. F&M improves to 11-12 on the season, while the Mules fall to 12-7, 3-3 CC.
The Diplomats started out the first set strong, winning four of the first five points in the frame. F&M's lead quickly dwindled, as Muhlenberg came back to tie the set 4-4. Both squads traded points to tie the match 6-6. From there, F&M went on a 6-1 run to pull ahead 12-7. The Diplomats never relinquished the lead, taking the first set 25-17.
In the second, F&M jumped out to a 4-1 lead before the Mules fought back to tie the match 5-5. A Kerry Rom kill gave the Diplomats the 6-5 advantage and triggered a 5-1 run for F&M. Down 11-6, Muhlenberg once again fought back to tie the match, 12-12, before a Sydney Seydel kill gave the Diplomats a 13-12 advantage. F&M held the lead for the rest of the match, winning the second set 25-20 on a return error by the Mules.
Up 2-0, the Diplomats traded points with Muhlenberg in the third frame to tie the set 3-3. Candice Tussing stepped behind the line to serve and took over the match, landing three aces in a row. F&M pulled ahead 9-3 with Tussing at the serve position, and dominated Muhlenberg en route to a 25-10 victory, to take the match 3-0.
The Dipolmats recorded 12 aces as a team, led by Tussing who registered five.
F&M returns to the court tomorrow to face off against Ursinus in CC action. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.
F&M def. Muhlenberg 25-17,25-20,25-10
Muhlenberg (12-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Holly Hynson 6-0-0; Lindsey Gambocurta 6-0-0; Sarah Weyhmuller 4-0-3; Joanne Josephson 3-1-0; Katherine Boll 2-0-1; Alyssa Schell 0-1-0; Vanessa Pulice 0-1-0; Totals 21-3-3.0. (Assists) - Vanessa Pulice 14. (Dig leaders) - Chelsea Kaser 18; Vanessa Pulice 9
F&M (11-12) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Julie Harvey 12-0-5; Kerry Rom 6-4-0; Rosalie Frank 5-0-1; Sydney Seydel 5-0-2; Candice Tussing 3-5-1; Caroline Hubbard 2-0-2; Ellana Benabou 2-1-1; Katie Foreman 1-0-1; Caitlin Krutsick 0-1-0; Alyssa Sanchez 0-1-0; Totals 36-12-8.0. (Assists) - Caroline Hubbard 28. (Dig leaders) - Alyssa Sanchez 7; Caitlin Krutsick 6