Diplomats Deliver on Final Day of Scramble Tournament

Diplomats Deliver on Final Day of Scramble Tournament

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team opened the final day of the Scramble Quad with a clean 3-0 sweep of Penn St.-Altoona (25-16, 25-12, 25-20) and finished the day with a 3-1 victory over York (25-22, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22).

The Diplomats improved to a 6-1 overall record on the year.  

With a Diplomats' perfect 3-0 record at the tournament, Grace Maggiore was honored as the tournament MVP. She was joined by Delaney Hahn (F&M), Alexis Harbold (York), Madison Whitcomb (York), Jessica Attieh (LVC), Amber Deshong (LVC), Lauren Moran (PSU Altoona).

In the opening match, the Diplomats hit the ground running to start the set, breaking away with an 11-2 lead. The Nittany Lions tried to make a late push going on a 5-0 run to bring the score to 24-16, but an attack error from Altoona sealed the deal and F&M took the first 25-16.  

After a slow start to the second set, a service ace from Hahn and a Cassie Garison kill extended the lead, 6-2. Chloe Kong delivered a service ace as part of a 6-0 run that increased F&M's lead to 20-9. The Diplomats closed out the frame with a kill from Amy Mullen

The Nittany Lions started the third set strong extending a 6-2 lead, but sparked by a kill from Hahn, the Diplomats went on a 4-0 run to tie the game 6-6. The Lions were able to bounce back and pulled away with an 18-11 lead. Errors dismantled Altoona, which opened the door for F&M to finish out the set with a 14-2 run, ending with a kill from Grace Polisano to take the match.

Hahn paced the offense with 14 kills and three service aces. Sophomore Polisano tallied 12 digs and eight kills. Maggiore led with 26 assists, and also recorded four kills and three digs.

The lead bounced back and forth to start the second match of the day, and the score was eventually tied 15-15, but a kill from Polisano started F&M on a 4-0 run to take the lead at 19-16. York made a late push to bring the score to 23-22, but a Maggiore kill ended the set.

The Spartans came out strong in the second frame to take a quick 5-0 lead. An attack error from York tied the game at 10-10, but York was able to pull away going on a 9-3 run to extend the lead 19-13. Errors finished the set for the Diplomats with York winning 25-19.

After battling to a 5-5 tie to start the third set, a kill from Polisano took the Diplomats on a 4-0 run to take the lead. F&M maintained the advantage throughout the frame extending their lead, with a kill from Casey Morrow finishing the set to give the Diplomats a 2-1 edge overall.

Long rallies to start the fourth set saw York break away with a 10-6 lead. An attack error from the Spartans started the Diplomats on a 5-0 run to take a 11-10 edge. The score was tied at 20-20, and a kill from Maggiore started the Diplomats on a run to finish the match. A hard kill from Yoo at 23-20 reinvigorated her team, and Morrow finished off the match with a kill.

Three Diplomats recorded a double-double on the match, Polisano with 16 kills and 11 digs, Hahn with 11 digs and 10 kills, and Maggiore was one kill away from a triple-double while still managing to tally 35 assists and 12 digs. Gabby Mavroidis cemented the defense with 16 digs and tied for the lead with three service aces.

The Diplomats return to action on Friday, Sept. 15, as F&M travels to Ithaca for the two-day Bomber Invitational.