LANCASTER, Pa. – Barbara Kapustin notched a career-high 22 kills to help Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team deliver a 3-2 (22-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-17, 16-14) comeback victory against Swarthmore in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Wednesday evening.
The Diplomats improved to 10-4, 4-0 CC while the Garnet dropped to 10-2, 3-1 CC.
F&M opened the match by taking a 6-4 lead following back-to-back kills from Amy Mullen and Allison Franke. Both teams continued to battle, but with the set tied at 15-15, Swarthmore 5-0 run to take the lead and the momentum to finish the first frame 25-22.
The Garnet kept the pace in the second set, pulling away with a 6-1 run to take a 14-11 lead. A kill from Grace Polisano brought the Diplomats back within one, but Swarthmore kept pressure on to take the second set.
F&M came out fighting in the third frame, taking a 6-3 lead. With the score tied at 8-8, a Nicole Carey kill gave the Diplomats the advantage, but Swarthmore took back the lead with a 6-0 run. Sparked by a kill from Polisano, F&M went on a 5-0 run with Grace Maggiore behind the service line to take back the momentum. Carey delivered the Diplomats' final points to take the third set 25-20.
The Diplomats kept the pace in the fourth, with a kill from Kapustin capping off a 4-0 run to take a 6-2 edge. The Garnet threatened a comeback, tying the match at 7-7, but consistent serving from Amy Mullen helped F&M extend the deficit to four. Back-to-back kills Carey and Delaney Hahn increased the lead to seven while the Diplomats kept their foot on the gas, finishing the set with a 7-1 run to force a fifth frame.
Both teams battled in the final set as no team held more than a two-point advantage. Chloe Kong opened the frame with an ace dangerously close to the endline and kills from Kapustin and Casey Morrow gave F&M a 3-1 lead. With the score tied at 14-14, Franke delivered back-to-back kills to give F&M the match.
Kapustin recorded a career-high 22 kills to lead the offense followed by Franke with 11. Maggiore delivered a career-best 52 assists as part of a double-double with 14 digs and four service aces. Hahn cemented the defense with 15 digs.
The Diplomats return to action on Friday, hosting Bethany at 7:00 p.m. to open their annual two-day Scramble Tournament.