LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall swept the individual honors and landed four of its members to the All-Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball team, announced on Monday morning by the conference office. Setter Grace Maggiore was named Player of the Year, right-side hitter Allison Franke earned Rookie of the Year, and head coach Mary Kate Salko was voted Coach of the Year. Both Maggiore and Franke landed on the First Team, while senior Barbara Kapustin was named to the Second Team and Grace Polisano received Honorable Mention.
Coach Salko picked up the award for the second time in her career, also earning the honor in 2012. Salko led the Diplomats to a perfect 10-0 mark in CC action with a 23-7 overall record. Currently in her 16th season, Salko reached her 300th career win on Oct. 10 with a 3-2 victory over Gettysburg. Only two other Centennial coaches have reached that milestone.
Sophomore Maggiore (Chapel Hill, N.C. / Carrboro) is the seventh F&M player to earn Player of the Year honors with the last one being Julia Harvey '15 in 2013. She also landed on the First Team after earning Second Team honors last season. Maggiore leads the Conference in service aces per set at 0.67 and ranks third in assists per set at 8.98. Nationally, she is eighth with 73 aces on the year and 26th after averaging 0.70 aces per set.
Franke (McLean, Va. / Langley) is the first Diplomat to be named Rookie of the Year and 15th first-year in CC history to earn First Team honors. Franke leads the team in both kills per set (2.73) and total kills (284), which are good for ninth and fifth in the Conference, respectively.
Outside hitter Kapustin (West Nyack, N.Y. / Clarkstown) earned All-CC honors for the first time after ranking second on the team in kills per set (2.26) and total kills (224).
Junior captain Polisano (Ambler, Pa. / Germantown Acad.) was named to the All-CC Team for the second year in a row after earning Honorable Mention last year. The outside hitter is fourth on the team in digs per set (1.94) and third in kills per set (2.06).
The Diplomats learn their NCAA fate today at 12:30 p.m. as they look to earn a bid to the national tournament for the first time since 2014. The selection show can be found at NCAA.com.