SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's regionally-ranked No. 9 volleyball team went 1-1 on Friday evening, first falling to Wesleyan (Conn.) 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-22) and then defeating host Susquehanna 3-2 (25-16, 27-25, 21-25, 23-25, 17-15).
The Diplomats overall record came to 20-6 while the Cardinals improved to 14-2 and the River Hawks fell to 18-12.
Match 1 – Wes. 3, F&M 0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-22)
A kill from Grace Polisano started F&M on a 3-0 run that ended with a Delaney Hahn service ace to give the Diplomats a 6-5 advantage early in the opening set. The Cardinals were able to retaliate to take the lead, while a kill from Grace Maggiore kept F&M within one. Wesleyan continued the pace to take the first set 25-16.
Amy Mullen opened the second frame with a kill to ignite F&M on a 4-0 run that ended with a kill from Allison Franke. Wesleyan notched six unanswered points, but errors on the part of the Cardinals and consistent serving from Hahn gave the Diplomats back the 7-6 lead. The Cardinals were able to take back the lead, but back-to-back service aces from Maggiore kept the game alive, capping off a 5-0 run to tie the score at 24-24, but Wesleyan was able to respond with two points to finish the set.
A Carly Ostrowski ace sparked the Diplomats to a 4-0 lead in the final frame of the match. The Cardinals tried to counter, but a Casey Morrow kill kept F&M ahead by two. A kill from Nicole Carey tied the set at 9-9 while a block from Franke and Mullen increased the Diplomats' lead to 13-10. The Cardinals were able to take back the lead and end the set at 25-23.
Franke and Polisano paced the offense with 10 kills apiece while Maggiore tallied 28 assists and two service aces. First-year Carlita Bozzo cemented the defense with 11 digs.
Match 2 – F&M 3, SU 2 (25-16, 27-25, 21-25, 23-25, 17-15)
A kill from Franke followed by a Mullen ace gave F&M a 4-1 edge early in the second match of the night. Sparked by a Polisano kill, the Diplomats went on a 4-0 run with Hahn behind the line to take a 9-2 lead. A kill from Barbara Kapustin increased the deficit to 11 during 6-0 run. F&M kept the pressure while errors from the River Hawks finished the set 25-16 in the Diplomats' favor.
Play remained even to start the second frame while a kill from Maggiore stopped a Susquehanna run to keep the River Hawk's lead at five. F&M slowly cut down the deficit with a Franke kill bringing the Diplomats within one while an error evened the score at 24-24. F&M carried the momentum through the end with Bozzo finishing the set with a service ace to give the Diplomats the 2-0 edge.
A Franke kill helped F&M to a 6-2 lead in the third frame. A 5-0 run gave Susquehanna the 13-10 advantage. The River Hawks kept the pace to take the third set 25-21.
The River Hawks carried the momentum into the fourth set, taking a 6-2 lead. A Maggiore ace brought F&M within three while an error from Susquehanna tied the game at 10-10. No team would gain more than a one-point advantage until the end of the set when the River Hawks took the last to points to force a fifth set.
A Morrow kill tied the final frame at 3-3 and started F&M on a 3-0 run to take a 6-3 edge. A Kapustin kill kept the Diplomats' lead at 12-11. The River Hawks threatened, taking a 15-14 lead, but F&M delivered three unanswered points including back-to-back kills from Polisano and Morrow to finish the match.
Kapustin led the offense with 15 kills, followed by Franke with 12. Maggiore tallied a double-double of 50 assists and 17 digs while Polisano, Hahn, and Ostrowski all recorded 16 digs.
The Diplomats return to action tomorrow, resuming Centennial Conference (CC) action at Bryn Mawr for a 1:00 p.m. match.