Volleyball Suffers First Two Home Defeats

Volleyball Suffers First Two Home Defeats

LANCASTER, Pa. – Number seven proved to be unlucky for the Franklin & Marshall volleyball team on Saturday as the Diplomats fell to Swarthmore and Scranton in a tri-meet. It took until the seventh home match of the year, but somebody was finally able to turn away the Diplomats inside the Mayser Center. However, they did not go down easily as F&M forced a fifth game after dropping the first two before being denied in the final points (25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 15-9) against the Garnet. Scranton's victory game in four games (25-13, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16).

After dropping the first two sets to Swarthmore, the Diplomats were locked in a 13-all battle to keep the match alive. They would take the lead with six of the next eight points. The Garnet tightened the match late, but F&M prevailed in a thrilling 26-24 game. The Diplomats forced the decisive game by taking control from the start in game four. F&M was holding a 9-6 lead in the fifth game before the Garnet were just slightly better down the stretch.

Allison Franke racked up 16 kills in addition to three service aces. Sydney Levins added 12 more kills to pace the Diplomats. Annmarie Earley dished out 40 assists over the five sets. Carly Bozzo was one of four Diplomats with double figure dig totals as she came up with 27 during the opener. The blocking was also huge for the Diplomats as they turned away 25 Swarthmore attacks. Kyra Caffrey registered six of those via solo efforts to go along with four more block assists. Franke recorded two solo blocks with six more assisted efforts, finishing the match with 24 points. Jada West, Levins, and Earley each had an additional two solo blocks.

Franklin & Marshall never seemed to get its attack going in the second match as the Diplomats registered 36 kills but also committed 28 errors thanks in part to five Scranton blocks. Franke once again led the attacking efforts with 11 kills. Carey just missed double figures for the second straight match with nine kills. Earley tallied a team-high 30 digs, while Bozzo added 17 digs.

In the game three victory against Scranton, the Diplomats rallied from a 12-7 deficit and finally knotted the match at 19-all. The teams traded points all the way to 23-all before a kill from Carey and attack error from the Royals give the Diplomats extra life.

Volleyball will now head out on the road this coming week with a trip to No. 1 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Baltimore. After tangling with the defending national champions, F&M treks to Bryn Mawr on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.