LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin and Marshall won both halves of a double header Saturday by earning back-to-back three-set victories in the Crosstown Crossover hosted by Penn St.-Berks. The opener pitted the Diplomats against the Blue Jays of Elizabethtown, with the Diplomats emerging victorious by a dominating 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-15) score. The second match saw the Diplomats take down Lancaster Bible College 3-0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-10).
Both Elizabethtown (.462) and F&M (.333) posted impressive hitting averages in the first set. However 15 team kills proved to be too much for the Blue Jays as the Diplomats took the opener 25-18.
Following a competitive first set, the Diplomats left no room for doubt in the second frame. With a strong defensive effort cooling Elizabethtown's previously hot hitting, the Diplomats coasted to a dominating 25-12 victory in the second.
The third saw the Diplomats again post impressive hitting numbers with 15 kills and a .324 average. F&M eventually took the set 25-15 to win the match in dominating style.
F&M picked up where it left off at the beginning of the match against Lancaster Bible College, holding Lancaster Bible to a .031 hitting average. The Diplomats took the first, 25-13.
The second set proved to be much more competitive, with the Diplomats being forced to win more than 25 points for the first time all season. However the Diplomats managed to emerge victorious, 27-25.
Losing such a close set proved too much for the Chargers to overcome. F&M produced its most dominating defensive set of the day, holding the Chargers to just three kills in 28 attempts for a .000 average. The Diplomats posted a .297 average to finish the match with a crushing 25-10 victory.
Ezekiel led the way for the Diplomats, posting eight kills to go along with seven from Umberger and Kelsey Michenko. Sanchez again paced the Diplomats with nine digs.
The pair of 3-0 wins gave the Diplomats four consecutive victories to begin the season without dropping a set. F&M will look to continue its streak and remain undefeated on Tuesday when the Diplomats take on Susquehanna at 8 p.m. in the Mayser Center.