LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team racked up 15 service aces in its home and season opener as the Diplomats (1-0) defeated Oberlin in four sets on Friday evening (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-8). The action came during the first day of the shared tournament with York as the Spartans host tomorrow's action.
Allison Franke and Carly Bozzo did the most damage from the service line, with six and five aces, respectively. Bozzo picked up two of those aces as she helped the Diplomats rip off 11 straight points to start a dominant closing set.
F&M got a quick start to its season overall by winning four of the first five points. The Yeowomen tied the set up four times but were never able to hold a lead. The final tie came at 18-all before back-to-back kills from Nicole Carey and Lauren Arnold preceded yet another service ace from Bozzo. Franke put the Diplomats at game point with one of her team-leading aces before Arnold smacked a kill down the line.
The only set the Diplomats dropped on the evening was tight throughout with the score tied at 12 different times. Strong attacks got F&M back in the set before a pair of errors tipped the second set scales in favor Oberlin. The Yeowomen seemed to carry that momentum into the third set as they went up 5-1, but the hosts responded with seven of the next eight points to reclaim the lead. The score was eventually tied at 14 before F&M won three straight points and never looked back.
That only set the stage for the aforementioned fourth set. In addition to the first 11 points, F&M also scored the final seven en route to a dominant close out of the match. Franke and Arnold both finished the match with 10 kills while Annmarie Earley dished out 21 assists. The Diplomats also came up with 10 blocks as a team. Jada West led those efforts with two solos and four assisted blocks.
F&M will return to action with a doubleheader to wrap up the F&M-York Tournament on Saturday. The Diplomats hit the courts at 11 a.m. for a match against Catholic before wrapping up the three-game weekend against the co-host Spartans. With a strong showing of support in attendance for the home opener, volleyball will be back inside the Mayser Center for a mid-week clash with Penn State-Berks this coming Wednesday..