ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team split a tri-match, first taking down Muhlenberg 3-1 (11-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in before falling to Carnegie Mellon 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22).
The Diplomats sit at 6-4 overall and open Centennial Conference (CC) action at 1-0, while Muhlenberg dropped to 8-3, 0-1 CC and Carnegie Mellon improved to 6-5.
Match 1 – F&M 3, Muhl 1 (11-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23)
Muhlenberg took a quick 8-3 lead to start the first set. A kill from Grace Polisano ended the Mules' run, but two more late runs gave the Mules the first frame 25-11.
F&M took back the momentum in the second with a 7-0 run that included two service aces from Grace Maggiore to give the Diplomats an 11-7 edge. Back-to-back kills from Amy Mullen and Polisano extended the deficit to seven. F&M kept the pace with a Polisano kill ending the set 25-16.
Maggiore opened the third frame winning F&M three quick points with two aces. Carly Ostrowski kept the pressure with two more aces during a 4-0 run to give the Diplomats an 11-6 lead. A kill from Allison Franke ended a five-point run by the Mules and two more kills for the first year extended the lead to 19-13. Barbara Kapustin delivered the kill to give F&M the third frame.
Mullen delivered from the service line to help F&M to a 4-0 lead in the final set. The teams battled back and forth with Mullen tying the game at 10-10. The Diplomats pushed ahead to a 19-13 lead, but Muhlenberg fought back to tie the set at 22-22, hoping to force a fifth set. A kill from Maggiore and errors from Muhlenberg ended the fourth set 25-23 in F&M's favor.
Franke led the offense with 16 kills and two block assists, followed by Kapustin with nine. Maggiore notched a double-double of 38 assists and 10 digs and tacked on five aces. Polisano cemented the defense with 12 digs and also recorded seven kills.
Match 2 – Carnegie Mellon 3, F&M 1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Kapustin paced the offense in the second match, tallying 12 kills and one solo block. Franke followed with seven kills, three service aces, and two block assists. Maggiore notched her fifth double-double of the year with 42 assists and 14 digs and three aces. Ostrowski led the defense with 20 digs.
F&M returns to action on Thursday, hosting Dickinson for a 7:00 p.m. contest.