Volleyball Prevails in Five at Dickinson

Volleyball Prevails in Five at Dickinson

CARLISLE, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team found itself locked in another Centennial Conference five-game thriller Wednesday night at Dickinson. The Diplomats (12-5, 4-1 CC) continued to find success in those extended matches as they defeated the Red Devils (25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 15-25, 15-13) to improve to 3-1 in five-game matches on the season.

Allison Franke had a monster night in leading her team to the victory with a career-high 20 kills. She hit .400 for the match with just four errors in forty attempts. Franke also racked up four service aces and three block assists for a total of 25.5 points. Franke's 20 kills tied the for the second-most in a five-set match in school history, marking the first time since Margot Phelan in 2006 that an F&M player has reached that milestone. Her efforts were part of a double-double as she also came away with 10 digs.

The Diplomats controlled much of the opening set as they jumped out to a 9-3 advantage and eventual led by a 19-11 score before the Red Devils made it close late. Nevertheless, four straight points once the score reached 21-20 closed out the game in favor of the visitors. The Diplomats were also holding a 23-21 lead and looked to be on the verge of 2-0 lead during the second game. This time, it was Dickinson's chance to run off four straight in the closing of that set.

The two teams then traded dominant showings during the third and fourth games. F&M closed its third set victory with 12 of the final 16 points. Dickinson countered that by jumping out to a 15-6 lead in the fourth, forcing the decisive game.

In the fifth game, F&M was once again strong from the start with six of the first seven points before a Red Devils timeout. Dickinson countered that opening run with seven of the next nine points to knot the match at eight-all. The Diplomats never trailed during that final set, but never led by more than two after their quick spurt to start. Eventually tied at 13-all, F&M went back to Franke for a kill to earn match point before Dickinson was unable to set up its attack on the final point of the match.

In addition to Franke's huge night, Nicole Carey, Sydney Levins, and Jada West all contributed seven kills as the Diplomats registered 50 as a team. Annmarie Earley tallied 33 assists on the night. Four different players tallied at least 10 digs, with Carly Bozzo's 17 leading the Diplomats. Lauren Arnold also reached double figures in points with a team-best five service aces to go along with five kills.

Volleyball will return home this Saturday and take part in a tri-match versus Swarthmore (12 p.m.) and Scranton (4 p.m.). Those matches will be a part of the College's TrueBlue Weekend as the match against the Garnet will be one of two varsity athletic events which kick off a tremendous showcase for numerous teams around campus that day.