LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of Susquehanna 3-2 (23-25, 28-26, 25-19, 23-25, 15-8) Tuesday night in non-conference volleyball action at the Mayser Center. F&M fell to 4-1 with the loss while Susquehanna improved its record to 4-3 with the victory.
The match seemed destined to be a four-set victory for Susquehanna when F&M faced a 22-17 deficit late in the fourth. However, the Diplomats came back with a kill from junior Rachel Umberger and three in a row from freshman Barbara Kapustin to set up Cassie Garison, whose kill completed the comeback for F&M, 25-23.
Ultimately the comeback proved too big a task for the Diplomats, losing the fifth set 15-8.
The first set went to F&M. Using a 12-6 run the middle of the frame, the Diplomats led by as much as eight at 23-15 before winning 25-23.
The second set featured quality hitting from both teams, the Diplomats posting a game-high 17 kills in the set while the Crusaders hit .256, the highest percentage of the match. Susquehanna used a quick 3-0 run to close the frame and win 28-26.
The third saw the Crusaders really assert themselves. Fifteen Diplomat kills could not stop Susquehanna from taking the set.
Garison led the way for the Diplomats, posting team highs in both kills (13) and hitting percentage (.357). Kapustin logged 13 kills as well, with Umberger (11) and Ellie Ezekiel (10) also reaching double figures.
Allison Edelstein posted 45 assists, a career high in the defeat. Alyssa Sanchez again led the Diplomats in digs with 24, while Mary Leneweaver helped out with 20 digs of her own. Three blocks from Kelsey Michenko aided the defensive effort.
The Diplomats return to action Friday by hosting Randolph-Macon at 7:00 p.m. in the Mayser Center.