Volleyball Powers Past Immaculata, 3-0

Volleyball Powers Past Immaculata, 3-0

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team remained unbeaten on its home floor with a sweep of Immaculata on Wednesday evening (25-15, 25-15, 25-9). The Diplomats (7-4) hit .286 as a team while holding the Mighty Macs (2-3) to a negative hitting percentage.

Nicole Carey (.474) and Allison Franke (.316) tied for the team lead with nine kills in addition to their hitting percentages over .300. Eight different players recorded a kill for Franklin & Marshall, with seven of those individuals tallying multiple points. Sydney Levins posted .444 hitting percentage while Annmarie Earley was a perfect 3-for-3 in her attacks. Hannah McCarthy led the Diplomats with 18 assists while Early added eight more.

Franklin & Marshall never trailed during the opening set, but the Mighty Macs clung to within striking distance at 14-11 before Carly Bozzo stepped to the service line for the second time. Bozzo's service included an ace as her side ran off seven straight points, and 10 of the next 11 overall, to take complete control of the game.

The Diplomat hitters got stronger as the night went on with respective .306 and .455 averages during the final two games. F&M jumped out to a 2-0 game lead with four mini runs of three points or more while the F&M defense was 11-for-14 in side out attempts as just three times did the Mighty Macs get a point during the set off of their own serves.

Saving the best for last, the Diplomats had 13 kills and just three errors in 22 attempts during the final game. After the Mighty Macs took their only lead of the night with the first point in the third, F&M responded with five straight on the strength of Meredith Mangum's service. The Diplomats later won eight straight points behind Nicole Carey's serving to take a 15-3 lead before cruising to the win. They had a side-out on each of Immaculata's serves during the final set.

With most of the swings finding gym floor, dig opportunities were limited but Bozzo and Mangum led F&M with nine and eight, respectively. The Diplomats also came away with five blocks, led by Lauren Arnold's one solo effort and two block assists. The service game was once again strong as the Diplomats racked up nine aces, with Franke's three pacing the team.

Volleyball will now turn its attention to the Centennial Conference opener this Saturday as the Diplomats travel to Ursinus. First serve in Collegeville is set for 1 p.m.