COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team cruised to a victory in its Centennial Conference opener with a sweep of Ursinus on Saturday (25-14, 25-18, 25-13). The Diplomats (8-4, 1-0 CC) notched their third consecutive sweep and fourth overall as they hit a blistering .419 for the match, their season best by over 100 points. That total was the fifth-highest in school history and the best on record since a .444 night against Ursinus in 2012.
Nicole Carey tied for the team lead in kills with 10 in just 13 attempts (.769). Justine Amory also put down 10 kills in 19 attempts, with just two errors, a .421 hitting percentage. Allison Franke added eight kills to the F&M total while Kyra Caffrey registered five points in seven swings. In addition to her four kills, Hannah McCarthy totaled a team-best 32 assists while Carly Bozzo added 12 digs.
Franklin & Marshall took control right from the start of the match as it claimed 11 of the first 13 points to set the tone for the rest of the afternoon and never looked back. The second set was the tightest of the afternoon as the Diplomats led 13-10 midway through that game. The momentum swung completely in their favor when Meredith Mangum stepped to the service line for seven straight points.
F&M carried that late momentum into the third set as Bozzo's two aces helped her team out to a 6-1 advantage. Mangum later added two more service aces as the Diplomats went up 19-7 before finishing off the 25-13 game in which they hit .600 as a team.
The Diplomats finished with a total of 11 service aces on the afternoon, with Franke's four pacing all players. Bozzo and Mangum each tallied three for the contest.
Volleyball will have a huge slate of home contests this upcoming week as the Diplomats continue Centennial Conference play on Wednesday night against Gettysburg at 7 p.m. The match with Cabrini on Friday has been moved to the Mayser Center for a 7 p.m. start while the week concludes with Misericordia visiting Lancaster for a 12 p.m. noon first serve.