Volleyball Outlasted by Eastern, 3-1

Volleyball Outlasted by Eastern, 3-1

ST. DAVIDS, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball stormed out to an early 1-0 lead against Eastern on Friday evening with a hard-fought 25-23 opening game victory. However, the Eagles turned the tables on that score during the second set before emerging victorious in four games.

Allison Franke led the Diplomats with 14 points on the evening as she racked up 11 kills, two services aces, and a pair of block assists. Lauren Arnold added seven more kills and one block assist to the team's evening as seven different players finished with at least three points. Annmarie Earley posted a strong double-double with a team-high 23 assists and 13 digs while Carly Bozzo added 12 more digs in the non-conference clash.

F&M's opening set victory came after a very strong start to the match as the Diplomats ripped off eight of the first 10 points. Back-to-back service aces from Franke ultimately pushed the lead to 8-2, the Diplomats' largest advantage of the game, as not even a timeout could halt the momentum that was building at the time.

Nevertheless, Eastern countered shortly after that huge run to tie the set at 10-all. The match would end up tied a total of six times from that point until 15-all. Eastern's largest advantage of the game came at 20-17, but the Diplomats registered back-to-back kills from Sydney Levins and Franke to tie the match. Relentless pressure forced Eastern into a pair of crucial errors down the stretch as the Diplomats claimed the early 1-0 lead.

The Diplomats were also playing strong for the majority of the second game as they built a 20-13 lead before the host Eagles took eight straight points on their home floor. That match was later tied at 21 and 22-all before Eastern claimed the final crucial points.

Franklin & Marshall held a lead during each of the four sets, but just could not seem to stave off Eastern's extended runs. With F&M up 5-2 in the third, Eastern reeled off nine of the next 11 points to take control of that game. F&M also held a slight 6-5 lead in the fourth before six consecutive points from the Eagles. The Diplomats countered with five consective points of their own during Hannah McCarthy's service late in the match, but the deficit proved too much to overcome.

Volleyball will look to get back into the win column on Saturday as it has a tri-meet at Lancaster Bible starting at 11 a.m. After playing the host Chargers, F&M and Elizabethtown will meet in a scheduled 1 p.m. first serve.