ANNVILLE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team continued its early season domination, earning a pair of non-conference sweeps on Friday evening at the Lebanon Valley Tournament to remain unbeaten on the year at 6-0. The Diplomats took down Central Penn. (2-2) by a score of 3-0 (25-6, 25-9, 25-14) before handing York a 3-0 loss (25-20, 25-21, 25-23).
Against the Knights, F&M won eight of the first 11 points to take the early lead. Later in the set, a kill by Emily Gerard pushed the advantage to 16-6 before the Diplomats rattled off nine straight to close out the set. Alyssa Sanchez capped off the frame with back-to-back service aces.
Sarah Landry stepped behind the line for F&M to kick off the second and led her team to a 10-0 start, contributing a pair of aces along the way. The Diplomats extended their lead to 15 points at 17-2 on their way to dominating the set by a score of 25-9.
Up 2-0, a Kelsey Beveridge ace in the third gave F&M a 9-3 lead. The Knights closed to within five at 15-10 until two-straight kills from Gerard distanced the Diplomats for good as F&M wrapped up the set with a 10-4 run.
Gerard led the offense with 13 kills, followed by eight from Landry. Allison Edelstein added 17 helpers as the Diplomats finished the contest with a .421 hitting percentage. F&M tallied 16 service aces on the match including four each from Rachel Umberger and Sanchez.
The Diplomats picked up right where they left off in their second game of the night against York, winning eight of their first 11 points to go ahead early. F&M pushed the advantage to nine at 17-8, capped off by an Ellie Ezekiel kill.
The Spartans battled back, closing the gap to two at 22-20 before the Diplomats won the final three points to take the 1-0 lead.
A Kelsey Michenko kill in the second gave F&M an early 8-4 advantage. From there, York used an 8-3 run to pull within one at 12-11. However, the Diplomats answered with a 9-1 run of their own to take a commanding 21-12 lead. The Spartans refused to go away, pulling within three at 24-21 until a Michenko kill sealed the win for F&M.
In the third, both teams battled to a 9-9 tie before the Diplomats rallied off three-straight to retake the advantage. F&M pushed the lead to six at 24-18 but York won five-straight on set point to close the gap to one. However, a service error by the Spartans ended the contest as the Diplomats held on for the victory.
Katie Foreman, Ezekiel and Michenko all registered eight kills on the game. Hubbard chipped in with 27 assists and four service aces, while Sanchez tallied 12 digs.
F&M wraps up play at the LVC Tournament with a double-header tomorrow. The Diplomats face off against Penn. State-Altoona at 1:00 p.m. before taking on Lebanon Valley at 3:00 p.m.