ANNVILLE, Pa. – Four different players finished with at least eight kills as the Franklin & Marshall volleyball registered a 3-1 victory at Lebanon Valley by scores of 25-19, 18-25, 25-14, 25-21. The match marked the final non-conference contest of the regular season for the Diplomats (13-8) who will now try to strengthen their spot in the Centennial Conference standings during the final three weeks of the season. F&M also added nine blocks and seven service aces throughout the non-conference victory.
All four players who recorded eight or more kills also finished with double-digit point totals. Coco Shultz and Sydney Levins tied for the team lead with 11 kills. Both of those players added two service aces and a pair of blocks to their strong performances. Gianna Mangiamele hit .296 with nine kills and just one error in 27 attempts, while additionally registering three block assists. Lauren Arnold tallied eight kills and four block assists. Liah Perez had a season-high 25 assists, going over the 20 assist mark for the 10th time this season. Hannah McCarthy added 16 helpers.
Leading 11-10 during the opening set, the Diplomats broke that opening game open by winning three straight points that led to an LVC timeout. Even after the quick break, the Diplomats had two other 3-0 runs in the set to eventually capture the 25-19 victory. The Dutchmen picked up their only game of the night during the second, but F&M came roaring back with a 25-14 victory to regain the lead. Up 6-4 in that third game when Shultz stepped to the service line, LVC did not get a side-out until the score reached 18-4 despite taking a pair of timeouts. F&M hit .391 during that decisive game, with 12 kills and just three errors in 23 attacks.
With Franklin & Marshall on the brink of victory, the fourth game was 20-19 battle as the visiting Diplomats were just in front. Kills from Shultz, Makenna Penuel, and Levins (twice), along with a service ace from Meredith Mangum, kept the hosts at bay and got the Diplomats home in four sets.
In addition to being one of three players with a pair of service aces, Mangum registered 19 digs over the four games. Shultz finished the night with a double-double, adding 11 digs of her own to her 11 kill effort.
Volleyball will return home this Saturday for its final regular season match inside the Mayser Center. The Diplomats will take on Bryn Mawr at 1 p.m., with that match also marking Senior Day and the celebration reception of 50 seasons of F&M volleyball after the match.