ASHLAND, Va. – Franklin & Marshall fell to Washington & Lee 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20) before dropping a match to host school Randolph-Macon 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19) in non-conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats fell to 13-11, while the Generals sit at 21-4 and the Yellow Jackets moved to 16-7.
In the first match against W&L, F&M jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the first set, however the Generals responded with a 10-4 run to take a 13-10 lead. The Diplomats came to within two points at 22-20 off an attack error, but W&L took the first at 25-22 to take a 1-0 advantage.
Once again, F&M began the second set on fire, as the Diplomats lead 10-2. F&M continued to hold a strong lead at 20-13 before the Generals came storming back and ended the set on a 12-5 spurt to take it 25-21 for a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was tight, as it was tied 10-10 nearly midway through. From there, F&M went on a 17-13 run, capped off by a Parys Zambas service ace. But, W&L finished the set out strong again with a 12-3 run for a 25-20 third-set win and 3-0 victory.
In the nightcap against Randolph-Macon, both teams battled in the first as it was tied at 10-10 after a Hubbard kill. In the middle of the set, the squads continued to go back-and-forth until the Diplomats took a 20-18 lead off a kill by Rachel Umberger. But, the Yellow Jackets scored the final seven points to take the set 25-20 and a 1-0 lead in the match.
The second set was close early as F&M led 11-9. Another Randolph-Macon run, however, crippled the Diplomats' chances of a comeback, as the Yellow Jackets ripped off nine straight points to go ahead 18-11 and cruised the rest of the way for the 25-14 second-set win and 2-0 advantage in the contest.
F&M tried to hang on in the third set, as Randolph-Macon led 12-11. The Yellow Jackets slowly extended the lead to 15-12, then 18-14. The Diplomats came to within three at 20-17 off an Ezekiel kill, but Randolph-Macon would not allow F&M to come any closer en route to the 25-19 win and 3-0 victory.
Ezekiel led the offense again, this time finishing with 15 kills and a .394 hitting percentage. Allison Edelstein provided 19 assists, while Sanchez and Laforgia each recorded 10 digs.
The Diplomats return to action next Saturday when F&M travels to Chestertown, Md. for a trimatch with host school Washington College (12:00 p.m.) and Goucher (2:00 p.m.).