2018 F&M Volleyball Season Preview

2018 F&M Volleyball Season Preview

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's volleyball team enters the 2018 season with high expectations as the Diplomats intend to remain one of the top teams in the Centennial Conference (CC). 

With another year of experience under their belt, F&M's young squad looks to make its 11th straight CC Tournament appearance, a streak unmatched by any other Conference team.

To watch the season preview video, click here

Opening Week

Match 1
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
F&M vs. Redlands | Claremont, Calif. | 1:15 PM EST
Series Record: Tied 1-1
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Sept. 16, 2000
Last Redlands Victory: 3-0, Oct. 1, 1994

Match 2
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
F&M at Pomona-Pitzer | Claremont, Calif. | 5:30 PM EST
Series Record: N/A
Streak: N/A
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last Pomona Victory: N/A

Match 3
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018
F&M vs. Occidental | Claremont, Calif. | 2:15 PM EST
Series Record: N/A
Streak: N/A
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last Occidental Victory: N/A

Match 4
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018
F&M vs. La Verne | Claremont, Calif. | 4:30 PM EST
Series Record: F&M Leads 1-0
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Sept. 12, 1998
Last La Verne Victory: N/A

Players to Watch

The Diplomats return 12 players to the lineup, including a nine-member sophomore class that made an immediate impact last season. The addition of a three-member first-year class gives F&M depth at every position. 

F&M will need to make up for the loss of a three-member senior class of Cassie Garison, Shae Murphy, and Dani Skelly, all of whom led both on and off the court.

To watch the 2018 video roster, click here.

S – Grace Maggiore – So.
OH – Grace Polisano – Jr.
OH – Delaney Hahn – So.
MH – Casey Morrow – So.
L/DS – Gabby Mavroidis – So.

The Diplomats look to solidify a strong defense as All-Region Honorable Mention and All-CC Second Team setter Maggiore returns to the court alongside libero Mavroidis, with the duo accounting for almost a third of the teams digs last season.

All-CC Honorable Mention Polisano looks to build off a strong showing last season after leading F&M with 256 kills. She is joined at the net by Hahn who finished second (198) and Morrow who finished fourth (132).

CC Preseason Poll

The Diplomats were picked to finish fourth, garnering one first-place vote in the Preseason Poll of Conference coaches. F&M received 75 votes while defending champs Johns Hopkins took the top spot with 99 points and nine first-place votes. Swarthmore followed in second with 84 and Muhlenberg was slated at third with 79 points.

The complete CC Preseason poll can be viewed here.

The Road Ahead  

The Diplomats head to Claremont, Calif. for the Pacific Coast Classic to start the year where F&M will take on four teams in two days, opening against Redlands on Friday, August 31 at 1:15 p.m. EST. 

CC action starts on Saturday, Sept. 15 with a tri-match at Muhlenberg. Conference Playoffs begin with the First Round on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with the CC Championship slated for Sunday, Nov. 4.

Record Book Watch 

Maggiore enters her sophomore season ranked 10th in program history with 867 career assists. Mary Kate Boland '01 leads with 4,012.

Centennial Conference Digital Network (CCDN)  

The Centennial Conference announced a partnership with Stretch Internet to become the conference's digital network provider and establish a central location for all CC athletic events. Broadcasts that are present in the Stretch portal are exclusively produced by each of the 11-member institutions of the conference.  

In addition to its Roku channel, the Conference has three new over-the-top (OTT) applications to make broadcasts available – Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Android TV. Home broadcasts that are produced by all 11 members will be available on CentennialConference.TV and the OTT apps.  

Follow Along (Social Media) 

All of your favorite Diplomat athletic teams are available on social media. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, like them on Facebook and subscribe to the Diplomats YouTube page for frequent highlight videos of games throughout the season.