Volleyball Closes Non-Conference Action vs. Susquehanna

Rei Baker
Rei Baker

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team dropped a hard-fought four-game match to Susquehanna on Monday night, kicking off a busy week inside the Mayser Center. Finally getting to play the rescheduled match of what was supposed to the be season opener, the visiting River Hawks certainly proved why they are receiving votes in the national polls. Despite the strong overall opposition, the Diplomats were able to extend the match with a convincing victory in game three.

Nicole Carey led the Diplomats with a double-double as she registered a match high 15 kills to go along with 11 digs. Allison Franke added 11 kills and finished the match with 12.5 total points. Annmarie Earley dished out 32 assists while Carly Bozzo led five Diplomats who reached double figures in digs with 26. F&M finished with more kills, assists, digs, and service aces for the match, but the River Hawks were able to limit that damage with 13 blocks.

After watching extended runs go in Susquehanna's favor during the first two games, the Diplomats came out firing on all cylinders during the third set. After dropping the first point, F&M scored the next seven and held the lead for the rest of the set. The closest Susquehanna came in the third was 15-12 deficit, but Franklin & Marshall answered that brief spurt with seven consecutive points to take a commanding 22-13 lead. That was before the Diplomats went on to close out the 25-17 third game.

As was the case for the entire match, the team that started faster won the game and that was the River Hawks during the fourth set. The visitors jumped out to a 9-4 advantage before a Franklin & Marshall timeout. The Diplomats continued to battle, but could overcome that early deficit on their home floor.

Tonight's match marked the final non-conference contest of the regular season for the Diplomats. They will now look to solidify their spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament with matches against Muhlenberg (7 p.m. on Wednesday) and McDaniel (1 p.m. on Saturday) later this week. Saturday will be Senior Day for the three members of the team's graduating class.