LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team swept Haverford 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center in the Centennial Conference (CC) semifinals. With the victory, the Diplomats punched a ticket into tomorrow's CC finals, facing off against second-seeded Johns Hopkins at 1:00 p.m.
Haverford jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the first set before a 7-0 run put F&M up 8-3. Alyssa Sanchez paced the Diplomats in the run with three-straight service aces. The lead did not last long, as the Fords came storming back with a 7-1 run of their own to take the 10-9 advantage. A service error from Haverford, followed by a Kerry Rom kill put F&M back in front 11-10.
Three lead changes brought the score to 21-21 in the frame until a Sydney Seydel kill gave the Diplomats a 22-21 advantage. F&M held onto the lead for the rest of the set, capping off the 25-23 win with another Seydel kill.
Up 1-0 after a grueling first set, the Diplomats jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in the second. F&M extended the lead to 16-5 off of an ace from Rom. Haverford fought back with a 9-3 run to shrink the lead to five at 19-14. The comeback came too late in the set for the Fords, as the Diplomats held onto the lead and took the second set 25-18.
In the third, both teams exchanged the lead in the early going to tie the match 4-4. A 4-0 run, capped off by a Rosalie Frank kill, put F&M up 8-4. The Diplomats held onto the lead for the rest of the set, not allowing the Fords to pull to within four points as they finished off the sweep with a 25-16 victory.
Sanchez was instrumental on defense as well, registering 20 digs on the afternoon. Caitlin Krutsick and Tussing tallied 10 digs apiece.
Tomorrow, the Diplomats host defending CC-champion Johns Hopkins in the finals. Earlier in the season, F&M defeated the Blue Jays 3-1.
F&M def. Haverford College 25-23,25-18,25-16
Haverford College (21-10) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Meg O'Day 6-2-3; Keri Godbe 6-2-2; Emily Mills 4-0-1; Nina Mutty 4-1-1; Olivia Coburn-Flynn 1-0-1; Olivia Walsh 1-0-1; Madison Fuelling 0-1-0; Totals 22-6-5.0. (Assists) - Olivia Walsh 20. (Dig leaders) - Madison Fuelling 14; Nina Mutty 13
F&M (18-13) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Candice Tussing 14-2-2; Julie Harvey 10-0-1; Sydney Seydel 10-0-3; Rosalie Frank 5-0-0; Kerry Rom 4-4-1; Caitlin Krutsick 1-1-0; Alyssa Sanchez 0-6-0; Totals 44-13-5.0. (Assists) - Caroline Hubbard 36. (Dig leaders) - Alyssa Sanchez 20; Candice Tussing 10; Caitlin Krutsick 10; Kerry Rom 9