CLAREMONT, Calif. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team opened the 2018 season going 1-1 on the first day of the Pacific Coast Classic. The Diplomats dropped to Redlands 3-1 before defeating Pomona-Pitzer 3-1.
The Diplomats go into the second day of action with a 1-1 record while the Bulldogs improved to 1-0 and the Sagehens dropped to 1-1.
Match 1 – Redlands 3, F&M 1 (18-25, 14-25, 25-17, 18-25)
F&M opened the match strong, taking an 8-3 lead with first-year Allison Franke behind the service line. The Bulldogs tied the game at 11-11 and went on a 5-2 run to extend the lead to three. A kill from Delaney Hahn brought the Diplomats within two, but Redlands finished the game with a 3-0 run.
Redlands came out fast in the second set, quickly taking a 12-4 lead. F&M tried to take the momentum with back-to-back kills from Barbara Kapustin and Grace Maggiore to come within six, but the Bulldogs finished the set 25-14.
After falling behind 8-3 in the third, the Diplomats went on a 6-0 run that included three-straight service aces from libero Carly Ostrowski to take the lead 9-8. With the game tied at 13-13, F&M went on a 4-0 run to take back the lead and continued the pace with an ace from Maggiore giving the Diplomats the third set.
The Bulldogs took a quick 7-2 lead in the fourth set, but a service ace from Amy Mullen brought F&M back within one. Redlands spread the deficit to six to gain the momentum. The Diplomats delivered one last blow with a 3-0 run to bring the score to 24-18, but the Bulldogs took the match on the next point.
Franke led the offense with nine kills. Maggiore recorded 28 assists and 14 digs. Ostrowski was dominant with 14 digs and four service aces.
Match 2 – F&M 3, Pomona-Pitzer 1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21)
The second match of the day started with the teams going back and forth, but the Diplomats took an 11-9 lead after a 4-0 run with Carlita Bozzo notching three service aces. Errors kept the Sagehens from taking back the lead with an ace from Ostrowski finishing the first set 26-24.
Down by one at 7-6, F&M went on a 3-0 run, culminating in a kill from Barbara Kapustin to take the lead. There were three more lead changes as the teams fought to gain momentum, but late runs helped Pomona-Pitzer take the second set.
After a slow start to the third set, F&M picked up the pace with a 4-0 run that included two aces from Maggiore to take a 14-9 lead. A kill from Grace Polisano extended the deficit to six. The Sagehens came back with a late surge to come within one, but an error and a kill from Franke gave the Diplomats the game 25-22.
Pomona-Pitzer took a 7-3 lead in the fourth, but a kill from Hahn tied the set at 9-9. The score was tied seven more times in the game before F&M took the lead for good off an error from the Sagehens. Caroline Elgut tallied an ace while Casey Morrow knocked down a kill to give the Diplomats a four-point advantage. Errors ended the set for Pomona-Pitzer and gave F&M the match.
Hahn paced the offense with 10 kills while Maggiore recorded her second double-double of the day with 27 digs and 15 digs and tallied five aces. Ostrowski led the defense with 21 digs and Bozzo notched five service aces.
The Diplomats close out the Pacific Coast Classic, taking on Occidental at 5:15 p.m. EST and La Verne at 7:30 p.m. EST.