LANCASTER, Pa. – Haverford snatched three tight sets to defeat Franklin & Marshall 3-1 (25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21) on Friday night in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action at the Mayser Center. The win dropped the Diplomats to 10-9 overall and 3-3 in the conference, while Haverford jumped to 12-6 and 3-1 with the victory.
After dropping the first set despite hitting .314 in the frame, F&M was determined not to fall further behind in the second. The Diplomats took early advantages of 5-1 and 14-8, and went on to lead by as much as nine on their way to taking the set, 25-17.
Barbara Kapustin led the offense in the frame, tallying five kills in the set and contributing to a .455 team average (16 kills, one error).
F&M opened the third set well, using back-to-back aces from Alyssa Sanchez to take an early 7-5 lead. However, Haverford put together a 16-3 run over the middle of the set to take control at 21-10. Two more aces from Sanchez, giving her four in the set, could not save the Diplomats as they dropped the third, 25-19.
The fourth frame proved to be close as well, with F&M holding a slight advantage for the majority of the set and taking three-point, 20-17 lead into the late stages. However, the Fords once again made a late push, stringing together an 8-1 run of their own to take the final set, 25-21.
Allison Edelstein improved on her conference-best 9.31 assists per set, giving out 44 helpers over the four sets.
Edelstein added 18 digs on the night, while Sanchez led the way with 23 and Ezekiel managed 10.
Sanchez ended the night with five aces, fewer only than the six she claimed on Nov. 4 of 2012, also against Haverford.
The Diplomats return to action tomorrow, traveling to Radnor, Pa. for a trimatch with Stockton (1:00 p.m.) and hosts Cabrini (3:00 p.m.).