Diplomats Set for Centennial Opener

Diplomats Set for Centennial Opener
Match 13
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
F&M at Swarthmore | Swarthmore | 7:30 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 38-6
Streak: SWAT +2
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Oct. 16, 2013
Last SWAT Victory: 3-1, Sept. 30, 2015
Live Stats | Video
Match 14
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2016
F&M vs. Ursinus | Lancaster | 12:00 PM
Series History: F&M leads 41-2
Streak: F&M +31
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Sept. 26, 2015
Last UC Victory: 3-2, Sept. 15, 1988
Live Stats | Video

Series History: Franklin & Marshall starts Centennial Conference (CC) action on Wednesday by visiting Swarthmore at 7:30 p.m. The Diplomats have historically dominated the Garnet, leading the all-time series 38-6, but Swarthmore has won the last two and has not lost to F&M since 2013. 

CC play continues on Saturday as the Diplomats host Ursinus at noon. F&M has won 31 straight against the Bears dating back to 1988, owning a 41-2 record head-to-head.

Last Week (1-4)

Wed. Sept. 14 at Susquehanna: L, 3-0 | Recap

Fri. Sept. 17 vs. No. 13 Eastern: L, 3-1 | Recap

Fri. Sept. 17 vs. Salisbury: W, 3-0 | Recap

Sat. Sept. 18 vs. Ithaca: L, 3-2 | Recap

Sat. Sept 18 vs. No. 14 Carnegie Mellon: L, 3-2 | Recap

In the Rankings: F&M setter Allison Edelstein continues to lead the Centennial at 9.76 assists per set. No other setter in the conference is averaging more than nine.

Christine Yoo remains near the top of the conference charts in hitting average. Her mark of .305 is the CC's third highest, with Swarthmore's Alice Liu leading the way at .397.

F&M libero Mary Leneweaver ranks near the top of the Centennial dig rankings for her defensive efforts thus far this season. Her 191 digs tie her for third-most in the conference, while her 4.55 digs per set are fourth.

Full conference statistics can be viewed here.

Milestone Watch: Now the winningest coach in F&M program history, head coach Mary Kate Boland is also climbing the rankings within the Centennial. Coach Boland now ranks fourth in conference history for wins by a coach, a record held by ex-Gettysburg boss Doreen Drexel-Powell (428), and is tops among active coaches. She is also second all time with 104 wins in CC action, a record held by ex-McDaniel coach Carole Molloy with 110.

Currently ninth in program history in career kills (1,068), Ellie Ezekiel now has 959 career digs and is just 41 shy of the 1,000 dig mark. One of 10 players to reach 1,000 kills at F&M, she would become just the sixth to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.