Blue Jays Take Down Diplomats

Blue Jays Take Down Diplomats

LANCASTER, Pa. – Johns Hopkins took three close sets from Franklin & Marshall to defeat the Diplomats 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-19) on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action at the Mayser Center. F&M fell to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference, while Johns Hopkins improved to 8-9 and 4-1 overall.

The Diplomats took the lead early in the first set, holding leads of 12-8 and 20-17 as the frame progressed. The Blue Jays took their first lead late in the set, using a late run to win, 25-21.

The second set featured a stronger start from the visitors, leading by as much as 6 at 16-10. F&M fought back to 23-22, but another late Hopkins push let the Blue Jays hang on, 25-23.

Johns Hopkins continued to gather momentum in the third, putting together a 14-7 run in the middle of the frame to lead by as much as 18-11. The Diplomats again tried to rally, as Mikayla Grossman and Katie Foreman teamed up for back-to-back block assists, but the Blue Jays again held on to take the final set, 25-19.

Ellie Ezekiel led the F&M offense with nine kills, followed by Barbara Kapustin with seven. Foreman and Cassie Garison contributed six each.

Alyssa Sanchez led the defense with 14 digs, while Ezekiel (13) and Allison Edelstein (11) also reached double figures.

The Diplomats return to action on Friday, hosting Haverford in a 7:00 p.m. CC showdown at the Mayser Center.