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Forced to juggle its lineup due to an injury to its starting setter, the Muhlenberg volleyball team ran into a strong Haverford squad and was swept in its first home match in more than two weeks.

The Fords (14-2, 2-1) received votes in the national poll earlier this year after toppling New York University, a 2005 NCAA quarterfinalist.

Freshman Phylicia Lee, normally an outside hitter, split time at setter and recorded 11 assists. Junior Jess Anselmi led the attack for the Mules (6-11, 0-2) with nine kills.

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Falling behind usually isn’t a good idea in soccer, and giving up the first goal to a ranked team in a conference match on the road is certainly not recommended. But the Muhlenberg men’s team has proved adept at coming back, and did it again in a 1-1 tie at Franklin & Marshall.

Both teams entered the match ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Region; the Diplomats (6-1-1, 2-0-1) fourth and the Mules (4-1-2, 1-1-1) fifth. Franklin & Marshall came in with a six-game winning streak, including a victory over then-No. 20 Virginia Wesleyan.

Muhlenberg has faced a 1-0 deficit in its last four matches. In the last three, the Mules tied the score and did not give up any more goals, winning one and tying two.

The Dips scored off a direct kick in the 53rd minute but had a player red-carded eight minutes later. Muhlenberg took advantage and netted the tying goal with 19:33 to play. Freshman Samuel Hayden played a great ball over the F&M defense to classmate Adison Weseloh, who volleyed a shot into the extreme upper-right corner for his second goal in as many games.

The Mules needed two defensive stops in overtime to preserve the draw. Late in the first extra period, senior Peter Palomaki slid across the line to save a would-be goal. In the first minute of the second OT, junior Peter Bennett stopped a shot at point-blank range.

Muhlenberg has not won a regular-season game at Franklin & Marshall since 1996, although it did pick up a playoff win there in 2004.

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Last updated September 27, 2006