LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall earned a pair of sweeps on Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center, taking down Washington College 3-0 in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action, before defeating Albright later in the day by the same score.
The Diplomats improved to 20-4 and remained atop the CC standings with a perfect 7-0 mark, while the Shorewomen fell to 16-7, 4-3 CC and the Lions dropped to 10-12.
Against Washington, F&M broke a 3-3 tie early in the first with a 9-1 run to pull ahead at 12-4. Later in the frame and still firmly in control with a 20-13 lead, Mary Leneweaver stepped behind the line and guided the Diplomats to five-straight points en route to the 25-13 win.
Tied 5-5 in the second, a 10-2 run by F&M gave the Diplomats an eight-point advantage at 15-7. The Shorewomen fought back to pull within two at 15-13 until an 8-1 run from F&M pushed the advantage back to nine. A kill by Katie Foreman on set point sealed the 25-16 victory and put the Diplomats in front at 2-0.
In the decisive third set, Washington battled throughout, holding the lead early on in the frame at 7-6. However, F&M reclaimed the advantage with a 7-2 run to jump out in front by four at 13-9. The Diplomats remained in control for the remainder of the set en route to the 25-22 win.
F&M combined to hit at a remarkable .322 clip on the contest that included 50 kills in 115 attempts. Julie Harvey led the offense with 17 kills and a .615 hitting percentage. The junior middle hitter recorded only one error on 26 total attacks over the course of three sets.
Against the Lions, F&M held a slight 10-7 lead before a 9-2 run gave the Diplomats a sizeable 19-9 advantage. The double-digit lead held through the remainder of the frame en route to the 25-14 win.
After hitting .303 along with 12 kills and only two errors in the second, F&M was able to cruise to a 25-13 set win to take a 2-0 advantage.
The Diplomats opened the third by capturing the first seven points behind three aces from Leneweaver. F&M kept its foot on the pedal throughout the remainder of the frame on its way to a 25-11 win to cap off the sweep.
As a team, the Diplomats combined to hit .256 in the match and were led on offense by Gabrielle Connor, who racked up nine kills and a .250 hitting percentage on the contest. Meghan Hubert was solid with 22 assists to go along with eight digs.
F&M was outstanding from behind the line with 13 aces, including three from Connor and two from Kelsey Morgan.
The Diplomats return to the court on Wednesday with a CC contest against Gettysburg at 7:00 p.m.