CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Franklin & Marshall downed Washington College 3-1 (25-19, 15-25, 25-18, 25-15) before cruising past Goucher 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-13) in a trimatch hosted by Washington on Saturday afternoon. With the victories, the Diplomats improved to 15-11, 4-4 CC and the Shorewomen fell to 17-8, 2-6 CC, while the Gophers dropped to 9-19.
In the opening match against Washington, it was close early on with the score tied at 9-9. F&M then put together an 8-3 run, capped off by a Sarah Landry kill, to take a 17-12 lead. Washington came to within three at 21-18, but the Diplomats held the Shorewomen off to take the first 25-19.
Washington jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the second set, however F&M got to within four at 16-12 after another kill from Landry. However, the Shorewomen went on to win the second at 25-15 to tie the match at 1-1.
The third set was close midway through as Washington held the 13-9 lead. But, another 8-3 spurt gave the Diplomats the lead at 17-16 and F&M never looked back, taking the third 25-18 for a 2-1 lead.
With the Diplomats ahead 14-11 in the fourth, F&M rattled off seven straight to take a 21-11 lead and held on for the 25-15 fourth-set win and 3-1 victory.
Ellie Ezekiel paced the Diplomat offense with an impressive 20 kills and 15 digs for a double-double, while Julie Harvey add 13 kills and Landry seven. Caroline Hubbard tallied 42 assists and 14 digs for a double-double, while Alyssa Sanchez recorded 15 digs.
In the nightcap against Goucher, the first set was close at 9-5 in favor of F&M before the Diplomats went on a 9-4 run to increase the lead to 18-9. F&M cruised through the rest of the first, taking it 25-15 for a 1-0 advantage.
The Diplomats came out firing in the second, jumping out to an 8-0 lead. The Gophers made a comeback, however, getting to within one at 13-21 before F&M increased the lead to 17-12 off an Ezekiel service ace. Shae Murphy finished off the set with a kill for the 25-19 second-set win and 2-0 advantage in the match.
After Goucher scored four of the first five points in the third for a 4-1 lead, the Diplomats answered with a 13-3 spurt to go ahead 14-7. With F&M still leading 18-13, the Diplomats scored the final seven points of the set to win 25-13 and take the match 3-0.
Ezekiel had 11 kills and 14 digs for another double-double, while Harvey chipped in 11 kills and Landry added 10. Hubbard finished with 29 helpers.
F&M returns home on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. CC matchup against Gettysburg.