HAVERFORD, Pa. – Despite a season-high 20 kills from Jaclyn Laforgia, Franklin & Marshall fell to Haverford 3-1 (27-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23) in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action on Wednesday evening. The Diplomats slipped to 11-8, 1-3 CC, while the Fords improved to 11-7, 3-0 CC.
In the opening set, it was a close score early on as it was tied at 8-8. Both teams traded points until the score was knotted again at 14-14. From there, F&M recorded four straight points, two kills from Laforgia and two from Julie Harvey, to take an 18-14 advantage.
After the Diplomats extended the first-set lead to 24-17, Haverford stormed back and ended the set on a 10-1 run to win 27-25 and jump out to a 1-0 lead.
In the second, F&M led 12-10 before increasing the lead to 17-13 off a kill by Kelsey Michenko. Another Laforgia kill sealed the set at 25-19 and tied the match at 1-1.
The third set was tied midway through at 12-12 until the Diplomats took a 17-14 lead off another Michenko kill. However, Haverford used another spurt at the end of the set, an 11-3 run, and took the third 25-20 and a 2-1 match lead.
In the fourth, after the Fords jumped out to a 5-2 lead, F&M scored seven straight, including three Laforgia kills, to take a 9-5 advantage. After Haverford tied it at 16-16, the squads traded off points until it was 20-20. The Diplomats tied it at 22-22 off a Fords' attack error, but Haverford scored three of the last four points to take the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.
Laforgia's 20 kills are the fifth-most in a four set match on F&M's all-time list and first 20-kill match by a player since Kristen Kowalski against Dickinson on Sept. 25, 2002.
As a team, the Diplomats finished with 65 kills, the fifth-most in a four setter in F&M history. The last time at least 65 kills were recorded in four sets was 66 against Howard Payne on Sept. 7, 2002.
F&M returns to action on Sunday when the Diplomats welcome Bryn Mawr to the Mayser Center for a 1:00 p.m. contest.