Volleyball Wins Five-Set Thriller to Open Play at Colorado College Classic

Volleyball Wins Five-Set Thriller to Open Play at Colorado College Classic

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The Franklin College volleyball team went the distance for the second consecutive match, but this time came out victorious with a five-set triumph (11-25, 25-14, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13) over the University of Dubuque (Iowa) to begin play in the Colorado College Classic on Friday.

The Grizzlies lost a hard-fought, five-set match at DePauw University in their season opener on Tuesday, September 1.

Franklin and Dubuque exchanged rallies in the deciding fifth frame, before the Iowa team moved on top 10-7. However, a 5-to-1 run by the Grizzlies gave them a 12-11 lead after a block by sophomore Darrian Parke (Oakland City, Ind./Wood Memorial) and senior Kourtney Settle (Vallonia, Ind./Brownstown Central). Later, the set was tied, 13-13, before senior Emily Young (Avon, Ind./Avon) had a kill for the 14th point, and an attacking error by Dubuque sealed the first victory of the fall season.

The victory avenged a five-set loss by Franklin to Dubuque last fall at the North Park Invitational in Illinois.

Recapping the match, Franklin lost the opening set 25-11, before quickly grabbing momentum in the second set, winning 10 of the first 12 points. The team picked up a 25-14 victory in the frame to square the match.

In the third set, the Grizzlies took a 7-1 lead behind a kill from Parke. Dubuque responded with a run of its own to draw within 13-12 midway through the set. The two teams exchanged the next several points before a 6-to-1 Franklin run gave it a 20-14 lead. Two kills from Settle and another kill from sophomore Brooke Harvey (Clinton, Ind./South Vermillion) sparked the rally.

Dubuque got within 23-21 in the third set before consecutive Franklin kills by Young and Settle secured the set to give the team a 2-1 edge.

Dubuque won the first five points of the fourth set to pick up a 25-16 triumph and force the fifth set.

Settle led Franklin's offensive attack with 14 kills, and she also recorded five blocks. Young chipped in 12 kills, while sophomore Amanda Lelivelt (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Riverside Broofield) added eight kills. Harvey posted six kills in the victory.

Junior Ashley Bazier (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South) contributed 37 assists and tallied 20 digs defensively.

Senior Mackenzie Wieneke (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) led the team with 27 digs and two serving aces. Classmate Theresa Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) added 10 digs, while Parke recorded 10 digs.

In Friday's second match, Settle led the team with nine kills as No. 15-ranked Colorado College picked up a straight-set victory (25-19, 25-18, 25-14).

The Grizzlies continue play in the Colorado College Classic on Saturday, September 5, with matches against Carlteton College (Minnesota), at noon, before facing the University of Texas-Tyler, at 4 p.m.