Volleyball Soars Past Bryn Mawr, 3-0

Allison Franke
Allison Franke

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team got back in the win column with a sweep of Bryn Mawr on Saturday (25-16, 25-17, 25-16). The victory was the Diplomats' (13-8, 5-3 CC) seventh 3-0 victory this season and puts the team in strong position to officially clinch a Centennial Conference Tournament bid during the final week of the regular season.

Allison Franke had a monster match as she reset her career high from just a couple weeks ago with 21 kills in 35 chances. The senior hit .457 throughout the win as the Diplomats finished with a .322 team hitting percentage. Franke also recorded a match-best four service aces and tied for the team lead with six digs. Franke's hitting numbers led the way, but a total of eight Diplomats recorded multiple kills throughout the victory. Of note, Kyra Caffrey was a perfect 3-for-3 in her swing attempts while Rei Baker put down five kills in just nine attempts. Annmarie Earley dished out 34 assists in addition to four kills of her own. With such an efficient attack, the chances for digs were down, but Carly Bozzo tied Franke with six for the match. Bella Ganfield and Earley also dug out five kill attempts from the Owls.

The Owls certainly did not go away easily as the hosts were holding an 11-9 lead midway through the opening set. Nevertheless, Meredith Mangum stepped to the service line to help the Diplomats run off six straight points and take control of the opening game. Franklin & Marshall took control from the start of the second game with four straight points to start. The closest the Owls came after that was a 12-8 deficit. Franke's service game put that match out of reach with five consecutive points.

F&M finished off the sweep with a strong third game. Leading 9-7, the Diplomats took control of the final game with seven consecutive points behind the service game of Mikayla Smith. She had two aces during that run. The Diplomats hit .619 during the opening set and closed their day with a .296 average during the final game.

Volleyball will look to officially lock down its playoff bid this coming week with three home matches to close the regular season. Up first will be a rescheduled non-conference date with Susquehanna at 7 p.m. on Monday. The Diplomats will also host Muhlenberg on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and McDaniel (1 p.m.) on Saturday to close conference regular season action. Saturday will also be Senior Day for the Diplomats trio who all serve as team captains.