LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall volleyball took the floor at home for the first time in 2016 on Saturday, notching a pair of 3-0 victories over Elizabethtown and Penn State-Berks. The Diplomats are now 3-0 to start the season, and have not dropped a set as all three victories were sweeps.
F&M's dominant day did not always look like a certainty when Elizabethtown jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first set. The Blue Jays would hold that lead throughout the frame, but three straight aces from Christine Yoo were part of a larger run that saw the Diplomats erase a 23-18 deficit and steal a 25-23 win in the first.
It was the Diplomats that took control early in the second, leading by as much as 11-4 early on. That advantage would stretch to 19-11 before F&M closed out the set with six points from the serve of Parys Zambas to win by a 25-11 margin.
The Diplomat defense proved to be the difference in the set as Elizabethtown was held to a -.175 hitting average in the frame.
The third set was the closest of the match, with the scored remaining tied at 20. However, a kill from Polisano and two Blue Jay hitting errors allowed Ellie Ezekiel to serve out the set and match, 25-21.
Polisano paced the offense with 11 kills, while Landry added eight and Yoo recorded six. The F&M hitters were supplied by Allison Edelstein, who passed out 30 assists.
A fast start to the Diplomats match with Penn State-Berks set the tone early as F&M took an 11-2 lead. The Nittany Lions would never challenge F&M in the set as Ellie Ezekiel recorded five kills and the Diplomats hit a scorching .429 in the 25-9 win.
The onslaught continued in the second as eight points from Ezekiel's serve helped F&M to an 8-0 lead. Penn State-Berks never got closer than seven as Yoo and Polisano both logged four kills en route to a 25-14 win in the set. The Diplomats hit .355, and held the Nittany Lions to a negative hitting average (-.308) for the second straight frame.
The third set looked like business as usual when F&M took a commanding 22-11 lead in the third. Penn State-Berks made it interesting with five straight points, making the score 22-16, but it was too little too late as an ace from Leneweaver helped clinch the match, winning the set 25-18.
Polisano recorded 11 kills to again lead the Diplomats, while Ezekiel collected eight and Yoo and Landry notched seven apiece. F&M went with setters by committee, as Edelstein connected on 19 assists and Dani Skelly registered 10.
Leneweaver pulled out a team-high 12 digs, while Polisano earned 11 and Shae Murphy recorded eight.