ITHACA, N.Y. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team traveled to Ithaca, N.Y. Friday afternoon for the first day of the Bomber Invitational. The Diplomats fell to the host team from Ithaca College in the first match of the day 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-21), and then lost a close match to New Paltz 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 26-24).
The Diplomats dropped to a 6-3 record on the year, while the Bombers evened out at 4-4 and New Paltz improved to 6-4 overall.
The Bombers came out strong, quickly taking a 4-1 lead. A Christine Yoo kill brought the Diplomats within three at 10-7, but a late 5-0 run from Ithaca extended the lead, 19-10, and a kill from Bombers ended the first set, 25-14.
F&M looked to shift the momentum and Delaney Hahn remained consistent behind the service line to open the second frame by taking an 8-4 advantage. After tying the score 11-11, both teams battled for the lead, but the Bombers came away with a 4-0 run to shift the score, 24-20, and eventually win the second set.
Errors from both teams to start the third kept the game close, and a service ace from Amy Mullen tied the frame at 10-10. Tied once again at 17-17, the Bombers went on a 5-0 run to take the lead and eventually win the set 25-21.
The Diplomats tried to turn things around in the next match, keeping a close score with New Paltz. A service ace from Yoo and a Casey Morrow kill looked to spark the Diplomats, giving them the 13-11 lead. There was never more than a three-point deficit, but the Hawks started on a late 5-1 run to finish the first set 25-17.
The Hawks started the second frame with a quick 5-1 lead. A kill from Hahn tied the game at 15-15 and a Maggiore kill took the Diplomats on a 3-1 run looking to finish the set. New Paltz was able to recover and eventually won the set off an F&M error.
The Diplomats came out with vengeance to start the third game and took a 14-7 lead with a kill from Polisano. The Hawks continued to fight and tied the set at 17-17. New Paltz took the lead at 19-18 and maintained the lead to finish out the set 26-24 and win the match.
Hahn dominated for the Diplomats, recording a double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs. Libero Gabby Mavroidis cemented the defense with eight digs. Yoo led with three service aces and tallied one kill.
The Diplomats return to action tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. to take on #22 Mary Washington in Ithaca, N.Y.