HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team dropped both matches on Friday evening, first losing to Susquehanna 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-22) and then falling to No. 19 Juniata 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25, 25-22).
F&M fell to 15-9 overall on the year while Susquehanna improved to 19-8 and Juniata improved to 18-6
The Diplomats started the first match of the day keeping pace and a kill from Barbara Kapustin tied the first set at 7-7. Cassie Garison kept the frame close to make it 13-13, but a late run from Susquehanna propelled the River Hawks to take the first set 25-15.
F&M looked to change the momentum with a kill from Grace Maggiore giving them the 6-3 lead. Errors on the part of the Diplomats helped the River Hawks to eight unanswered points to take back the lead 11-6. Susquehanna's run was ended by a Grace Polisano kill, but the momentum stayed in their favor as they took the second frame.
Looking to force extra sets, the Diplomats started the third set strong with a kill from Caroline Elgut starting F&M on a 5-0 run to take the lead 12-9. Susquehanna countered and was able to take back the lead, but a service ace from Amy Mullen tied the frame at 17-17. The score remained close, but the River Hawks were able to finish out the set 25-22 and take the match.
Freshman Elgut led the team with seven kills, followed by Kapustin for six. Maggiore tallied 18 assists, four digs, and four kills.
Casey Morrow got F&M on the board in the first set of the second match with a kill to bring the score to 3-1. No. 19 Juniata kept a consistent pace in the first, but a kill from Garison brought the Diplomats within four at 10-6. The Eagles maintained the pace to take the first 25-17.
The Diplomats started the second set with back-to-back service aces from Maggiore, but Juniata went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead. F&M was unable to recover and lost the second frame.
Juniata looked to keep pace, but a kill from Mullen led F&M on a 4-0 run to tie the third set 8-8. The Eagles recovered to take the lead at 21-12, but F&M went on a 10-2 run that included three kills from Kapustin and culminated in a block from Mullen and Morrow to bring the Diplomats within one at 23-22. Juniata was able to finish out the set 25-22 to take the match.
Morrow led the offense with seven kills on the match. Maggiore recorded 18 assists and led the team with five digs and three service aces.
The Diplomats return to action Saturday, hosting Bryn Mawr at 12:00 p.m. for the annual Senior Day match.