Volleyball Closes Out Scramble Unbeaten

Volleyball Closes Out Scramble Unbeaten

Box Scores: Match 1 | Match 2

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team continued a seven-game winning streak with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-15) sweep against Farmingdale State before taking down Messiah 3-1 (25-11, 22-25, 25-9, 25-15) to close out the Scramble Tournament on Saturday. 

The Diplomats end the weekend with a 13-4 overall record while the Rams dropped to 5-13 and the Falcons fell to 9-10. 

Grace Polisano and Grace Maggiore were named to the All-Tournament Team, voted on by the coaches. They were joined by Allie Desmond and Emily Sullivan (Stockton), Reilly Parker (Bethany), Amanda Dahlman (Messiah), and Annie Cosgrave (Farmingdale State). 

Match 1 – F&M 3, FSU 0 (25-11, 22-25, 25-9, 25-15)

F&M came out on fire to start the match, taking a 6-0 lead after a Barbara Kapustin kill with Maggiore behind the service line. A 4-0 run with two kills from Kapustin and a Carly Ostrowski service aces extended the deficit to 14-7. A kill from Caroline Elgut started the Diplomats on a 4-1 run to finish out the first set 25-13. 

The Diplomats kept the momentum in the second frame, opening the set with kills from Nicole Carey and Elgut. Back-to-back kills from Polisano started F&M on a 6-0 run that included two aces from Elgut to take a 13-4 lead. A Natalie Weaver kill extended the advantage to 23-10. The Rams notched a quick 5-0 run, but Delaney Hahn ended the set with a kill and a service ace to take the second frame.

Three kills from Carey and a service ace from Maggiore gave F&M a 4-0 lead in the final set. Another four-point run with Gabby Mavroidis behind the service line gave the Diplomats a 9-3 advantage. A kill from Casey Morrow increased F&M's lead to eight, while errors from Farmingdale finished the third set in the Diplomats' favor. 

Carey paced the offense with seven kills, followed by Hahn and Elgut with five apiece. Maggiore tallied 21 assists and five service aces. Maggiore, Chloe Kong, and Hahn all notched five digs in the match.

Match 2 – F&M 3, Mess 1 (25-11, 22-25, 25-9, 25-15)

Amy Mullen opened the final match of the day with a kill to give F&M the lead. A kill from Allison Franke started the Diplomats on an 8-1 run to take a 9-4 lead. The Diplomats kept the pressure with short runs throughout, including a 5-0 run with Ostrowski behind the line to take the first set 25-11. 

The Falcons responded in the second with the set tied at 6-6, pushing to take a 13-11 lead. Errors by Messiah put the advantage back in F&M's hands at 17-14, but the Falcons countered with a 6-1 run to take back the lead. The Diplomats fought back within two but were unable to win the set.

F&M retaliated in the third frame, taking an early 4-0 lead with Hahn behind the line. Back-to-back services aces from Franke extended the deficit to eight. Errors from Messiah kept the momentum in F&M's favor while the Diplomats closed out the set with two kills from Polisano and two aces from Franke to win it 25-9.

The Diplomats kept the pressure on in the final set, taking a 6-1 lead with Hahn behind the line. A 5-1 run from Messiah threatened a fifth set, but a kill from Polisano kept F&M ahead at 17-13. The Diplomats closed out the match with a vengeance, delivering eight unanswered points with Franke behind the line to take the match.

Franke led the offense with 14 kills and six service aces. Polisano notched 11 kills and six digs while Maggiore recorded a double-double of 34 assists and 14 digs.

The Diplomats hit the road to resume Centennial Conference action against McDaniel on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.