Diplomats Look to Remain Unbeaten in CC Play - Week 7 Match Notes

Diplomats Look to Remain Unbeaten in CC Play  - Week 7 Match Notes

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Match 22
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
F&M vs. Gettysburg | Gettysburg | 7:00 PM

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Series Record: GC leads 38-19
Streak: F&M +2
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Oct. 11, 2017
Last GC Victory: 3-2, Oct. 28, 2015

Match 23
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
F&M vs. Washington | Lancaster | 11:00 AM

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Series Record: F&M leads 40-7
Streak: F&M +29
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Oct. 14, 2017
Last WC Victory: 3-0, Oct. 27, 1989

Match 24
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
F&M vs. Clarkson | Lancaster | 3:30 PM

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Series Record: N/A
Streak: N/A
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last CU Victory: N/A

CC Playoff Picture: With four regular-season contests left, F&M leads the Conference with a perfect 6-0 mark.  If the Diplomats close out the season going at least 2-2 in the remaining Conference games, they will have guaranteed their 11th-straight playoff berth.

Series History: F&M opens the week with a big CC matchup against Gettysburg on Wednesday. Though the Bullets own a 20-8 record when playing in Gettysburg, the Diplomats currently own a two-game winning streak in the series.

The Diplomats return home on Saturday for a tri-match with Washington College and first-time opponent Clarkson. F&M holds a perfect 25-0 mark in CC games against the Shorewomen. 

Last Meetings: F&M notched a 3-1 (27-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21) victory over Gettysburg last season. Grace Maggiore tallied 41 assists, 11 digs, and three blocks, Barbara Kapustin recorded 12 kills, to lead the team, and 10 digs, while Grace Polisano was good for 11 kills and 12 digs.

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The Diplomats delivered a 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23) sweep over Washington in Chestertown, Md. last season. Polisano led the offense with eight kills and 11 digs. Maggiore recorded 29 assists, six digs, and six kills. Gabby Mavroidis led with three aces and also tallied five digs. 

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Last Week (3-1)

Wednesday, Oct. 3 at McDaniel: W, 3-1 | Recap
Friday, Oct. 5 vs. Juniata: L, 3-0 | Recap
Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Ursinus: W, 3-1 | Recap
Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. Marywood: W, 3-0 | Recap   

CC POTW: Grace Polisano was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Week for volleyball, announced by the league office on Monday. The honor was the first in her career and marked the third-straight week a Diplomat earned the accolade. 

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Among the Leaders (NCAA): Maggiore currently ranks in the top-50 across all Division III teams in two categories. The sophomore is ninth in services aces with 53 on the year and ranks 31st in aces per set with a 0.74 average. As a team, F&M ranks 18th in total service aces with 194 on the year and sits at 18th after averaging 2.59 aces per set.

Among the Leaders (CC): First-year Allison Franke sits in the top-10 in the Conference in multiple categories, including hitting percentage (9th - .269), kills per set (10th - 2.56), and total kills (5th - 182). Kapustin ranks 10th in total kills with 154 while Morrow sits fifth in hitting percentage at .312. Maggiore ranks first in aces per set (0.71) and sits third in assists per set, averaging 8.91. Carly Ostrowski ranks seventh in aces per set with 0.51. 

Closing in on 300: In the midst of her 16th season as head coach, Mary Kate Salko, whose current coaching record stands at 299-161, is only one game away from reaching 300 career wins. Only two other Centennial coaches have reached this milestone. Salko became F&M's winningest coach in 2016, passing Steve Coulson (251).