F&M Takes Two at Home

F&M Takes Two at Home

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.

Grace Polisano recorded four kills in the set and Sarah Landry added three as F&M registered 13 as a team and jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

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.

Mary Leneweaver and Polisano both recorded 12 digs to lead the defense. Cassie Garison contributed to four blocks, followed by Landry with three block 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.