Haverford Downs F&M

Haverford Downs F&M

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.

Ellie Ezekiel notched 16 kills, while Harvey added 13. Caroline Hubbard had 52 assists, while Alyssa Sanchez notched 27 digs. 

F&M returns to action on Sunday when the Diplomats welcome Bryn Mawr to the Mayser Center for a 1:00 p.m. contest.