SCRANTON, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall traveled to Scranton on Wednesday night, falling short against the Wolves 3-2 (25-14, 25-12, 25-19, 25-16, 15-10). The Diplomats drop to 3-1, while the Wolves improved to a perfect 5-0.
F&M got off to an early start, taking a 10-5 lead in the first set. The Diplomats maintained the advantage to win the frame 25-14. Casey Morrow finished the game with two service aces in a row. The Diplomats recorded twice as many kills as their opponents (13-7).
The Diplomats started the second set strong, quickly extending a lead of 11-3. F&M kept the pace with the Wolves struggling behind errors. A Delaney Hahn kill finished the set 25-12 to put the Diplomats up 2-0.
F&M stumbled out of the gate in the third set, losing the first three points, but a kill from Morrow looked to turn things around. Scranton kept up the pace and extended the lead 14-6. A 4-0 run with Grace Maggiore behind the service line looked to close the gap, but the Diplomats lost the set 25-19.
The same turn in momentum followed the Wolves into the fourth winning the frame 25-16 to force a fifth set. A Casey Morrow service ace in fifth brought the Diplomats within two to make it 12-10, but Scranton followed with three straight points to close out the match.
Hahn led the way with 16 kills and 13 digs and Grace Polisano cemented the defense tallying 22 digs. Maggiore provided a double-double with 19 assists and 15 digs. Five Diplomats delivered a total of 12 service aces.
The Diplomats return home to host the F&M Scramble first playing Lebanon Valley Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by Penn St.-Altoona and York on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively.