LANCASTER, Pa. – Muhlenberg countered a 25-18 McDaniel second-set win with a 25-18 victory of its own in the third set en route to a 3-1 victory in the 2013 Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball semifinals at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
The second-seeded Mules (20-11) used a 25-20 fourth-set win to advance to Sunday's championship match against fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins, which took a 3-1 win over the top-seeded Diplomats in the day's first semifinal.
Kloe Martin (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) led the third-seeded Green Terror (19-7) with 18 kills in the program's first tournament appearance since 2007. McDaniel will now wait until Monday afternoon to hear if it is awarded a bid in the ECAC South tournament.
Katherine Boll and Lindsey Gambocurta led the Muhlenberg attack with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
In a first set that featured 17 ties and four lead changes, Martin knotted the set at 24-all before Vanessa Pulice and Joanne Josephson put down consecutive kills for a 26-24 win.
A Marin kill keyed a 3-0 start to the second set for the Green Terror. Kills from Caroline Savin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) and Lexi Corral (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) helped stretch the lead to 8-3.
A Maddie Moyer (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) ace made it a 12-5 lead en route to the 25-18 victory.
Clinging to a 4-3 lead after a service error, Allison Glass knocked down a kill and then recorded an ace to help stretch the advantage to 7-3.
The lead swelled to as large as nine on back-to-back Vanessa Pulice aces that put the Mules in front 19-10 en route to the seven-point win.
A Joanne Josephson ace out of a timeout stretched the set four lead to 19-11 before the two teams exchanged service errors.
Muhlenberg pushed the lead to 22-12 before aces from Colette Kellen (Derwood, Md./Covenant Life) and Martin and a pair of Martin errors keyed a 7-1 stretch that closed the deficit to 23-19.
Kills from Boll and Josephson around a Corral knockdown closed out the match.
Kellen added 23 assists while Corral had six blocks. Genna Weger (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) steadied the defense with 20 digs.