Series History: The Diplomats head into Centennial Conference (CC) play against Ursinus, an opponent that F&M has thoroughly dominated over the years with a 38-2 mark and a win streak of 28 matches. The Bears haven't beaten the Diplomats since 1988, in a 3-2 victory on Sept. 15th.
These squads faced off last October when F&M rolled to a 3-0 sweep in Lancaster. Julie Harvey was strong in the contest, leading the offense with 10 kills and a .625 hitting percentage. Megan Hubert also played a key role in the victory, registering 28 assists on the day.
Last Week: F&M hosted the 2013 Scramble Tournament on Sunday, finishing a trio of matches with a 2-1 mark that included victories over Mt. St. Vincent and Susquehanna to improve to 10-1 on the season.
To view video highlights from the Scramble, click here.
The Diplomats cruised in straight-sets against Mt. St. Vincent (0-6) with scores of 25-14, 25-12, 25-17 to open play at the tournament. Emily Gerard tallied 10 kills followed by nine from Harvey, while Hubert was solid with 12 assists.
Against Carbini (8-3) F&M fell behind early, dropping the first two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-23. The Diplomats pulled within one by capturing a 25-22 win in the third but dropped the fourth set at 25-16 to suffer their first loss of the year.
In its final match of the afternoon, F&M took a 1-0 lead against Susquehanna with a 25-21 victory in the opening set. The Crusaders came back to tie the match in the second off a 25-22 win before the Diplomats took the final two frames by scores of 25-22 and 25-21 to earn the victory.
F&M Scramble All-Tournament Team: For their efforts over the span of three contests, Harvey and Caroline Hubbard were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Harvey picked up 34 kills in the tournament, averaging 3.4 per set, while Hubbard tallied 89 assists for a 9.89 per set average.
For full stats of a last week's contests, click here.
One Away From 200: With a 10-1 start to the 2013 season, head coach Mary Kate Boland has now amassed 199 career wins, placing her just one shy of 200.
Only one other coach in the history of the program has reached the 200-win plateau; Steve Coulson, who had 251 victories over a span of 12 seasons.