LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team improved to 5-0 on its home court with a sweep of Cabrini on Friday night (25-21, 25-16, 25-19). The Diplomats (10-4) have now picked up three of their five three-game victories in front of the Mayser Center crowd.
The Diplomats hit over .300 in each set during a very efficient night on the attack. Allison Franke led those efforts with 11 kills and just three errors in 20 attempts. Sydney Levins ranked second on the team with eight kills while committing no errors. Nicole Carey and Lauren Arnold finished with seven and five, respectively. Hannah McCarthy set up the attack with 32 of the team's 37 assists. Eight different players recorded multiple digs on the night, led by Carly Bozzo's 17. The Diplomats also tallied five blocks as Jada West and Franke both recorded three block assists.
The first set was certainly the tightest of the evening as it featured 14 ties before F&M took control late. Tied at 19-all, the Diplomats took advantage of two consecutive Cabrini errors before back-to-back kills from Franke put the team on the brink of the 1-0 lead. After a service error from the Cavaliers, Franke finished what she started with an ace to wrap up game one.
Cabrini jumped out to a quick 9-5 led during the second set, but the Diplomats rallied to tie the score by the time it reached 11-all. A strong service from Mikayla Smith helped F&M push its advantage to 17-13 as the run reached 12-4 since the early deficit before the teams traded points to close out the set at 25-16.
F&M held the lead throughout set three as the closest the Cavaliers came was when they trailed 13-12 halfway through the final game. Franked then stepped to the service line and reeled off four straight points to set the tone for a strong close to the match.
Volleyball will wrap up its three-game week with a short turnaround as the Diplomats are set for a 12 p.m. first serve against Misericordia inside the Mayser Center on Saturday.