WESTMINSTER, Md. – Franklin & Marshall fell victim to a McDaniel run late in the fourth set, dropping a 3-1(25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22) decision to the Green Terror in the opening round of the Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament on Saturday night. The defeat ends F&M's season, leaving the Diplomats with a 14-15 record while McDaniel advances to 19-7, earning a semifinal meeting with Johns Hopkins.
After dropping the first two sets, F&M took control of the third with a 10-2 run in the middle of the third to go up 18-10. A brief McDaniel run brought the score to 18-13, but three kills down the stretch from Cassie Garison gave the Diplomats the frame 25-17.
F&M collected 16 kills in the set, hitting .256 while holding McDaniel to a .106 team average.
The Diplomats carried that momentum into the fourth, using a 10-2 run to take a 13-5 lead. F&M carried that lead late into the set, but a late 10-2 run from McDaniel ended the set and match 25-22.
Barbara Kapustin notched nine kills in the set as the Diplomats tallied 18 as a team.
The opening frame saw F&M fall behind despite some hot hitting from Ellie Ezekiel. The junior outside hitter recorded 10 kills in the first, but a .367 team average gave McDaniel the set 25-21.
In the second set the Diplomats fought back from an early deficit, fighting to within two at 19-17. However, a late run gave the Green Terror a 25-20 win and a 2-0 lead.
Ezekiel paced F&M with 24 kills, adding 16 digs to complete the double-double. Kapustin contributed 14 kills, while Garison and Katie Foreman each recorded eight.