RADNOR, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall dropped both halves of a trimatch hosted by Cabrini on Saturday, losing to Richard Stockton 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-23) in the 1:00 p.m. match before falling to the hosts 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 26-24) in the 3:00 p.m. match. The Diplomats fell to 10-11 overall following the two non-conference matches.
Stockton took control early in the first, opening up a 10-5 lead in the early going. That lead would only extend as the Ospreys took the set, 25-17.
The second set featured a stronger start from the Diplomats, using two aces from Allison Edelstein to take an early 5-1 lead. Later in the set, back-to-back kills from Cassie Garison on either side of a Stockton timeout gave F&M a 16-11 advantage. However, Stockton used a blistering 10-3 run to close the set and take the frame, 28-26.
The third set remained close for the duration, with the scored tied 22-22 late in the frame. Stockton again closed well, taking the set 25-23 to win the match.
Cabrini made life difficult for F&M early in the second match, using early momentum to lead by as much as 15. The Diplomats closed the gap, but eventually dropped the opener 25-19.
The second opened more evenly, but a 10-3 run again gave the Cavaliers control, winning the set 25-15.
The third set was the tightest of the match, remaining tied at 24-24. Two clutch kills from Cabrini closed out the set and match, 26-24.
Ellie Ezekiel hit .364 with 10 kills on the day to lead the offense.
Alyssa Sanchez logged 17 digs in the match, giving her 34 on the day.
The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday, heading to McDaniel for a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference match.