Franklin & Marshall faces a huge week of Centennial Conference (CC) competition as the Diplomats enter at 13-6, 3-2 CC with matches scheduled against a pair of conference playoff contenders.
Series History: The week begins on Thursday as McDaniel comes to the Mayser Center for a match at 7:00 p.m. F&M trails the Green Terror in the all-time series 33-27, but last year saw the teams split two matches on Oct. 14 and Nov. 4.
The Diplomats then head to Muhlenberg on Saturday for a trimatch that begins with another important CC matchup against the Mules at 12:00 p.m. F&M has won 24 of the previous 27 meetings, but last year the Diplomats needed a comeback from two sets down to beat the Mules 3-2 at home.
The trimatch on Saturday wraps up at 2:00 p.m., when F&M takes on Union for the first meeting between the schools.
Wed., Oct. 5 at Johns Hopkins: L, 3-0 | Recap
Among the Leaders: For the sixth consecutive week Allison Edelstein ranks atop the CC standings for assists per set at 9.89. She also ranks in the top five for aces per set, placing fourth at .55.
Ellie Ezekiel has jumped back into the CC's top 10 in kills and kills per set. Her 195 kills on the season is the fifth-best total in the conference, while her 3.15 kills per set rank sixth.
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Ezekiel 1K/1K: On Wednesday at Johns Hopkins, Ezekiel's fourth dig of the match gave her 1,000 career digs, making her just the sixth player in F&M program history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She currently ranks eighth in program history with 1,149 kills, while her 1,017 digs are 17th.
Milestone Watch: Already the winningest coach in F&M program history, head coach Mary Kate Boland is also climbing the rankings within the Centennial. She ranks second all-time with 107 wins in CC action, a record held by ex-McDaniel coach Carole Molloy with 110.