LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team opened Saturday's tri-match with a Centennial Conference (CC) game against Haverford, tallying a 3-2 victory (21-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-5). The Diplomats then took on Moravian and swept the Greyhounds 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-16).
F&M improved to 9-4 overall, 2-0 CC. Haverford fell to 9-6, 0-2 CC, while Moravian evened out at 8-8 on the year.
The Fords came out fast to start the match and took a quick 10-6 lead. Sparked by a Barbara Kapustin kill, the Diplomats were able to come within one at 11-10. Haverford maintained and then extended the lead going on a 7-1 scoring run to make the score 18-11. A kill from Grace Polisano led F&M on a final push to bring the score to 19-17, but the Fords took the first frame 25-21.
Early runs to start the second set kept Haverford in the lead to bring the score to 11-7. Attack errors for the Fords helped the Diplomats on a 5-2 run to come within one at 13-12. Haverford kept pushing forward, but a service ace from Gabby Mavroidis kept F&M alive at 18-17, and a Grace Maggiore kill evened the set at 18-18. Errors from the Diplomats led the Fords to take the second set 25-21.
F&M started the third frame fighting to keep the match alive, and with Christine Yoo behind the service line, started with a 7-0 run. Haverford came within three at 11-8, but a kill from Kapustin started the Diplomats on a 4-0 run to extend the lead 15-8. F&M kept up the pace and a late 6-2 run finished by a Polisano kill sealed the third set and forced a fourth frame.
The Diplomats kept the pace in the fourth set. With the score tied at 15-15, a Delaney Hahn kill started the Diplomats on a 6-0 run to gain a lead of 21-15. The Fords were able to fight within one at 21-20, but F&M remained steadfast and a kill from Yoo finished the fourth 25-21 in the Diplomats' favor.
F&M carried the momentum into the final set going on an 8-0 run to take the lead 8-1. The Fords were unable to counter and a decisive kill from Yoo finished the set 15-5 and gave the Diplomats the victory.
Hahn and Polisano paced the Diplomats, each recording a double-double, Hahn with 16 kills and 16 digs, and Polisano with 11 kills and 17 digs. Freshman libero Mavroidis cemented the defense with 30 digs. Setter Maggiore directed the offense with 47 assists and four kills.
The Diplomats came out invigorated to start the second match of the day. Off Greyhound errors, F&M took an 11-6 lead. F&M kept the pace, and sparked by a Polisano kill, went on a 6-2 run that would give the Diplomats the 25-17 victory in the first.
F&M maintained the momentum to start the second set and quickly took a 14-8 lead. The Greyhounds threatened to take the lead, closing the gap to 14-12, but a service error stopped Moravian. The Diplomats quickly recovered and Mavroidis remained consistent behind the service line to help F&M take the second frame.
A service ace from Yoo in the early points of the third set kept the Diplomats alive as they tallied a 12-5 lead on a kill from Maggiore. F&M was able to keep the intensity, while errors would lead to the Greyhounds losing the set 25-20.
Maggiore led the way with a double-double, tallying 32 assists, 10 digs, and four kills. Sophomore Polisano paced the offense with 13 kills and nine digs. Cassie Garison maintained the pace with 10 kills for the match.
The Diplomats return to action as they travel to Swarthmore on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. contest and continue conference play.