Volleyball Sweeps Aside Penn State-Berks

Volleyball Sweeps Aside Penn State-Berks

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team rolled to its first straight-set victory of the season on Tuesday night against Penn State-Berks. The Diplomats (4-0) remained unbeaten on the year as they got stronger each set, winning 25-19, 25-16, 25-8.

Eleven different players recorded a kill in the match as the Diplomats had the opportunity to showcase their depth in front of the Mayser Center crowd. Nicole Carey hit an astonishing .800 for the match with eight kills in 10 attempts and no errors. Gianna Mangiamele also had a strong outing with five kills and just one error on 10 attempts (.400 avg.) Allison Franke (.600 hitting) and Kyra Caffrey (.500 hitting) were also finish efficient in their swings. Hannah McCarthy led the team with 14 assists while Annmarie Earley added nine more. Celebrating her birthday, Carly Bozzo had a strong night with 19 digs and five service aces.

The Diplomats got the early jump in the first game when Bozzo stepped to the serving line and rolled off seven straight points, prompting a Penn State-Berks timeout. The Diplomats were up 20-9 before the Nittany Lions roared back with straight five of their own, but F&M regained its composure down the stretch in the 25-19 victory.

Although the final game score did not indicate this, the second set was the most competitive of the evening as it featured 10 ties and four lead changes. Tied at 11, Bozzo stepped to the line and got two consecutive points as the Diplomats never trailed from that point forward. The big run came with Bella Ganfield serving as the Diplomats ran off six straight before Justine Amory put F&M on the brink of victory with a pair of service aces during.

F&M never trailed during the final game. The Diplomats were holding a slight 4-3 edge before another big service game from Ganfield saw the hosts holding a 14-3 lead before the Nittany Lions could earn a side-out. Five more points from Meredith Mangum at the line put F&M up 21-4 before the Diplomats closed out the sweep.

Volleyball will head out on the road for another tournament this weekend as the team treks to Juniata for the Asics Tournament. The Diplomats will take on Arcadia (4:30 p.m.) on Friday evening before Randolph-Macon (1:30 p.m.) and Juniata (6:30 p.m.) await on Saturday.