HUNTINGTON, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall took down Salisbury 3-2 (25-17, 26-24, 24-26, 23-25, 15-9) before blanking Cortland St. 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-11) in non-conference volleyball action at the ASICS Invitational hosted by Juniata on Friday night.
The two victories improved the Diplomats' record to 9-4, while the Seagulls fell to 11-4 and the Dragons dropped to 6-10.
Against Salisbury, F&M racked up 13 kills and just four errors en route to the 25-17 first-set win. The second was much closer, however 16 kills and an attack percentage of .464 propelled the Diplomats to the narrow 26-24 set win to go up 2-0.
In the third, the Seagulls barely escaped with the 26-24 win to force a fourth set, one that Salisbury also took narrowly at 25-23 to force a fifth set.
In the short fifth set, the Diplomats notched 10 kills and cruised 15-9 to take the match 3-2.
In the nightcap, the Diplomats cruised in the first set, 25-11, thanks to 15 kills and an attack percentage of .367. The second set was also fairly easy, with F&M taking it 25-12.
In the third, the Diplomats put together 12 kills and won the set 25-11 to complete the sweep 3-0.
Gerard paced the offense with eight kills, while Hubbard added 18 helpers and Zambas notched 11 digs.
F&M continues play at the ASICS Invitational tomorrow with matches against host school No. 6 Juniata (1:00 p.m.) and No. 12 Chris. Newport (3:00 p.m.)