Diplomats Look to Continue Hot Start

Diplomats Look to Continue Hot Start
Match 4
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Franklin & Marshall vs. York (Pa.) | Lancaster, Pa. | 7:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M Leads 23-22
Streak: F&M +3
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Nov. 2, 2013
Last YCP Victory: 3-0, Oct. 4, 2008
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Match 5
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Franklin & Marshall vs. Gwynedd Mercy (Neutral) | Annville, Pa. | 8:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M Leads 1-0
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Sept.. 12, 2009
Last GM Victory: N/A
Match 6
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Franklin & Marshall vs. Penn St. – Altoona (Neutral) | Annville, Pa. | 11:00 a.m.
Series Record: F&M Leads 2-0
Streak: F&M +2
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Sept. 7, 2013
Last PSU Victory: N/A
Match 7
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Franklin & Marshall at Lebanon Valley | Annville, Pa. | 2:00 p.m.
Series Record: F&M Leads 16-6
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Sept. 7, 2013
Last LVC Victory: 3-2, Sept. 15, 2012

Series History: F&M enters this week with its first home match of the season against York (Pa.) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to the Lebanon Valley Tournament where the Diplomats will battle Gwynedd Mercy Friday at 8:00 p.m., Penn St. – Altoona Saturday at 11:00 a.m., and tournament host Lebanon Valley Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Against York, F&M holds a narrow 23-22 series advantage with the Diplomats picking up the last victory in the series, a 3-1 (29-27, 25-21, 22-25, 25-12) win on Nov. 2, 2013 in York.

F&M has only met Gwynedd Mercy on one previous occasion, a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 2009. The Diplomats have faced Penn St. – Altoona twice and have victories in both matches, the most recent coming last season at the Lebanon Valley Tournament (3-0). F&M has owned the all-time series against Lebanon Valley with a 16-6 advantage. The last time these squads met was back on Sept. 7, 2013 when the Diplomats swept the Dutchmen 3-0 at the Lebanon Valley Tournament.

Last Week: F&M rolled to a perfect 3-0 record, including two sweeps, to start the 2014 season. The Diplomats opened the year at the Crosstown Crossover on Friday with a 3-0 sweep of Lancaster Bible, before taking down Elizabethtown 3-1 and Penn St. – Berks 3-0 on Saturday. To check out stats from last week, click here.

Player of the Week: Caroline Hubbard earned her second-career Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Week nod after averaging 10.3 assists per set for a total of 103 last week. The senior setter added 27 digs while committing only two errors.

Records to Watch: Senior Julie Harvey now has 873 career kills, good for ninth on the program's all-time list. She needs 20 more kills to take over eighth place (Heidi Goedicke 1999, 2000, 2002).

After a stellar week, Hubbard has now amassed 2548 assists, which is sixth all-time. She is just 143 helpers away from Pam Horner (2007-10) for fifth place. Hubbard is also 14th all-time in service aces, and is only 11 away from tying Elizabeth Earll (2002-04) for 13th place.