F&M Falls to Hopkins in CC Semifinals

F&M Falls to Hopkins in CC Semifinals

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team fell to Johns Hopkins 3-1 in the Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinal's on Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center.

The Diplomats dropped to 24-6 on the season, while the Blue Jays (13-12) advanced into tomorrow's CC Championship contest against Muhlenberg. 

In the first set, F&M trailed 24-20 before four-straight points for the Diplomats tied the score at 24-24. However, back-to-back kills from Hopkins' Megan Donohoe secured a nail-biting 26-24 win for the Blue Jays. 

The Diplomats fought back in the second to tie the match at 1-1 after edging out a narrow 25-22 win. F&M held a 19-15 lead in the frame until four-straight points by Hopkins knotted the score at 19-19. The Diplomats followed with wins in six of the next nine points to capture the victory. 

Tied at 1-1, the Blue Jays reclaimed the advantage in the match with a decisive 25-21 win in the third. Tied at 16-16 in the frame, Hopkins went on a 6-1 run to pull ahead 22-17. F&M was unable to make up the difference en route to the four-point set back.

The Diplomats trailed by double-digits in the fourth and found themselves behind 20-14 late in the set. F&M rallied with a 5-2 run to cut the deficit to seven at 22-15, however the Blue Jays captured three of the next four points to take the set at 25-16 and the match at 3-1.

Julie Harvey led the offense with 16 kills and a .448 hitting percentage. Katie Foreman (11) and Ellie Ezekiel (10) also reached double-digit kills for the Diplomats. 

Caroline Hubbard picked up 41 assists, while Alyssa Sanchez (19), Ezekiel (13) and Parys Zambas (10) paced the defense in digs. 

Donohoe led Hopkins with 17 kills and seven digs. As a team the Blue Jays outhit the Diplomats .264 to .145 on the contest.