LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team is off to a 3-0 start after completing a perfect weekend at the F&M-York Tournament. The Diplomats defeated Catholic in four (25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15) and York (Pa.) in five (25-21, 25-22, 20-25, 22-15, 16-14) to finish off their opening weekend of the season.
The match against Catholic followed the same pattern as the season-opening win versus Oberlin. The Diplomats split the first two games before strong performances to close out the match. F&M was clicking on all cylinders at the start of that match as it hit at a .323 mark during the opening set. The Diplomats finished off the victory in a similar fashion, with 14 kills during both the first and fourth games.
Two-time All-American Allison Franke led the way with 12 kills and just three errors as she hit .290 against the Cardinals. Nicole Carey (nine kills), Sydney Levins (eight kills), and Lauren Arnold (seven kills) were also major forces at the net. Franke and Arnold each tallied a team high five block assists while Jada West added four more. Annmarie Earley put the attack in motion with 30 assists and 14 digs for a double-double. Libero Carly Bozzo led the defensive efforts with 18 digs, while Meredith Mangum added 11 more.
Coming out swinging against York, F&M hit .370 during its opening game win against the Spartans. That set saw the Diplomats put down 13 kills and commit just three errors. Although they had more errors than kills during the second set, F&M's defense caused even more trouble for York as the Spartans committed 12 errors to help F&M go up 2-0. Nevertheless, the tables turned in the third and fourth sets and York tied the game at two-all. With the match going to a decisive fifth set, even the tiebreaker needed extra points before the Diplomats secured their third win of the season with a 16-14 fifth game.
Franke and Levins tied with a team-high 11 kills against the hosts as Carey added double figures behind a team-best hitting percentage. Earley set up 31 of those kills. Bozzo reached a season-high 20 digs during the five-set thriller and contributed five service aces in addition to her four from the first match of the day. Mangum contributed 16 more digs and two service aces to the team's efforts.
Volleyball will put its undefeated record on the line once again this coming Wednesday as the Diplomats host Penn State-Berks inside the Mayser Center. That match is set for a 7 p.m. first serve.