Volleyball Falls to No. 1 Johns Hopkins

Volleyball Falls to No. 1 Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE – Playing a rematch of the 2019 Centennial Conference Championship, the Franklin & Marshall volleyball team could not slow down top-ranked Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night as the Blue Jays remained undefeated with a three-set victory (25-17, 25-15, 25-13). JHU came into the match riding one of the longest winning streaks in NCAA volleyball history and continued its torrid pace with a .310 hitting percentage on the evening.

Franklin & Marshall looked to be matching the Blue Jays throughout much of the opening game as the Diplomats hit .333 during that set. Midway through the first game, F&M was trailing by just two points after racing to the lead early in the match. However, five straight points from the Blue Jays opened up that margin. The Diplomats got three consecutive points back, capped by a service ace from Allison Franke, but could not climb completely out from that deficit.

The second game told nearly an identical story as the Diplomats were within a point at 11-10, before five more points went in favor of the hosts. JHU's big run during the final game came after Makenna Penuel knotted the game at three-all with a kill. The Blue Jays responded with seven consecutive points to pave the way to victory.

Penuel's kill to tie the third set was one of her team-leading five kills on the evening. Franke, Nicole Carey, and Kyra Caffrey also had four kills. Franke also added two service aces and four block assists to lead the Diplomats with eight points. Annmarie Earley once again handled the setting duties, with 18 assists, while Carly Bozzo came up with 10 digs.

Volleyball will now prepare for its final road trip of the regular season this Saturday as the Diplomats make the trip to Bryn Mawr. That match against the Owls is slated for a 1 p.m. first serve. The Diplomats are currently tied for fourth place in the Centennial Conference and will wrap up their regular season with three home matches next week.