Playoff Picture: With a 5-3 record in the CC, a victory over Gettysburg on Wednesday night will clinch a spot in the conference playoffs for F&M. Wins against Gettysburg and Dickinson along with helpful results elsewhere could see the Diplomats finish as high as third and receive a crucial first-round bye.
Series History: Franklin & Marshall opens the final week of the regular season on Wednesday by hosting Gettysburg for a vital Centennial Conference (CC) match. Gettysburg owns a 38-17 lead in the all-time series, but the schools have split the last two meetings.
On Saturday, the final day of the regular season begins with F&M hosting Dickinson at 11:00 a.m. in the CC finale for both squads. The Diplomats own a dominant 46-7 advantage in the previous 53 meetings, and have not lost to the Red Devils since 2007.
F&M wraps up the regular season and celebrates Senior Day at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday by taking on Moravian. The Diplomats own a 26-15 lead and a six-match win streak that dates back to 2002.
Sat., Oct. 22 at Washington: W, 3-2 | Recap
Sat., Oct. 22 vs. Salisbury: L, 3-0 | Recap
Among the Leaders: Allison Edelstein continues to own the top spot in the CC's assists per set rankings with a mark of 10.05, which is good for the 28th best average in the nation. Also, her 0.55 aces per set place her in a tie for second in the Centennial.
Ellie Ezekiel has shot up the rankings in several offensive categories, now ranking second in total kills (271) and seventh in kills per set (3.39). Cassie Garison breaks the top five in CC hitting percentage, landing in fifth with an average of .281, while Christine Yoo is seventh in hitting percentage (.276) and blocks per set (.73).
Mary Leneweaver's stellar defense continues to lead the Diplomats, as her 388 digs and 4.67 digs per set are both good for fifth in the CC.
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Milestone Watch: With her 27th dig of Saturday's dramatic 3-2 victory over Washington College, Leneweaver recorded her 1,000 career dig. Just the 18th player in program history to reach 1,000 digs, she enters the week with a career total of 1,013.
Ezekiel is now sixth in program history with 1,225 career kills after passing Margot Phelan and Meredith Sandherr last week. Twenty-five more kills will give her 1,250 and sole possession of fourth place in program history.
Leneweaver and Ezekiel currently rank in a tie for seventh place in the program's record books for career matches played with 114. Meghan Godorov '05 holds the record with 124.
Head coach Mary Kate Boland is just one CC win shy of tying the record for most conference wins by a coach. Entering the week, she ranks second with 109 wins in Centennial action, a record held by ex-McDaniel coach Carole Molloy with 110.