Franklin & Marshall (20-5) 3, McDaniel (14-12) 1
What: Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball tournament semifinal
When: Saturday, Nov. 9
Where: Baltimore, Md.
THE SKINNY STORY
Franklin & Marshall outlasted McDaniel in a tightly-contested match for a 3-1 win in the 2019 Centennial Conference semifinals.
FOR THE FOES
• Allison Franke led the Diplomats with 12 kills and six total blocks.
• Grace Maggiore added 29 assists, 16 digs and six kills.
• Carlita Bozzo led the defense with 27 digs.
THE REST OF THE STORY
• McDaniel jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first set before a Carly Ostrowski ace keyed a 4-0 run that drew Franklin & Marshall even at 6-all. The Green Terror went back in front by as many as five on an Anna Jezerski ace to make it 14-9. The Diplomats, however, put together a 12-5 run to take a 21-19 lead. After the teams traded points to keep it a two-point margin, an Allison Franke block and Grace Maggiore kill capped a 25-21 win for Franklin & Marshall.
• The second set was a near mirror image of the first set. The Diplomats opened up a 16-12 lead before a pair of Marlowe Embry kills keyed a 7-1 Green Terror run to go in front, 19-17. Tied at 23-all, Embry knocked down back-to-back kills around an F&M timeout for a 25-23 win.
• A pair of Delaney Hahn aces helped the Diplomats jump out to a 4-0 lead in the third set. The Green Terror clawed back to even the set at 10-all on a block by Jezerski and Hayley Mills (Bowie, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti). After an exchange of points, back-to-back bad sets gave Franklin & Marshall took a 15-12 lead. The advantage swelled to 23-18 before a Gayle Edelstein (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) ace helped close the margin to 23-21. A Franke block and exchange of service errors accounted for the 25-22 final.
• A Nicole Carey kill staked Franklin & Marshall to a 4-1 lead in the fourth set. McDaniel closed to within 5-3 on an Emma Lorenzen (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) kill. The Diplomats, however, tallied 11 of the next 15 points to open up a 17-6 lead and force a timeout. An Embry kill closed the margin to 16-10 but four of the next six points went to Franklin & Marshall to make it a 20-12 advantage. Four straight Green Terror points, capped by a Kendall Hanak ace, trimmed the deficit to 20-16 and forced a Diplomat timeout. Jezerski recorded a kill out of the timeout to make it a three-point set. Franklin & Marshall opened up a 24-21 lead before the Green Terror staved off match point three times, including on back-to-back Embry kills to close to within 24-23 but a Maggiore kill gave the Diplomats a 25-23 win.
THE INSIDE STORY
• Franklin & Marshall advances to Sunday's title match against top-seeded Johns Hopkins.
• Gayle Edelstein added 33 assists and eight digs.
• Emma Lorenzen chjipped in four aces and eight kills.
McDaniel will find out on Monday if and where its season continues with the announcement of the ECAC tournament field.