Series History: F&M makes the trek to Baltimore on Wednesday night to continue the thriving rivalry with Johns Hopkins. The Diplomats traded wins with the Blue Jays last season, picking up a 3-1 victory on Oct. 2, 2013. However, Hopkins downed F&M 2-1 in the Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinals match at 3-1 on Nov. 9. Despite the defeat, the Diplomats lead the all-time series at 24-15.
Last Week: F&M posted a 1-1 record last week, falling to Haverford 3-1 on Wednesday before dropping Bryn Mawr 3-1 on Sunday.
Against the Fords, freshman outside hitter Jaclyn Laforgia had the best match of her young career. Laforgia finished with 20 kills, the most by a Diplomat player in a four-set match since Kristen Kowalski against Dickinson on Sept. 25, 2002.
As a team, the Diplomats tallied 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.
In the 3-1 win against the Owls, Laforgia continued to rack up the kills, registering 17 to go along with a .455 hitting percentage. Julie Harvey notched 13 kills and a .375 hitting percentage, while Caroline Hubbard tallied 39 assists and 18 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
Last Time We Met Johns Hopkins: The Diplomats fell to the Blue Jays 3-1 in the CC Semifinal match on Nov. 9, 2013.
Tied at 1-1, Hopkins reclaimed the advantage in the match with a decisive 25-21 win in the third.
F&M trailed by double-digits in the fourth and found themselves behind 20-14 late in the set. The Diplomats 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 25-16 and the match at 3-1.
Harvey Joins 1000 Kill Club: With 26 total kills last week, Harvey (1006) became just the sixth Diplomat with 1000 or more kills. Meridith Sandherr (1991-94) is next on the list with 1203.
Hubbard's Helpers: The senior setter upped her assists per set total to 9.09 after recording 91 helpers in two matches last week. She ranks second in the CC, while Washington's Taylor Horan is first at 9.17. Hubbard also became the fourth F&M player with 3000 or more assists, as she sits in fourth with 3081. Jamie Cardman (1994-97) is fourth on F&M's list with 3433.