Terre Haute, Ind. - The Franklin College volleyball team had three players reach double figures in kills in a four-set road victory (23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18) over St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Tuesday.
The Grizzlies (10-9) have now won four consecutive matches.
Senior Emily Young (Avon, Ind./Avon) tied her career-high with 16 kills. She accomplished 16 kills twice during the 2013 season. Sophomore Amanda Lelivelt (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Riverside Brookfield) added 13 kills, while senior Kourtney Settle (Valllonia, Ind./Brownstown Central) rounded out the balanced offensive attack with 10 kills.
In the opening set the two teams exchanged points early in the frame. The Pomeroys used a 6-2 run to take a 14-10 lead midway through the set. Franklin won three consecutive points behind the serve of senior Hope Steel (New Palestine, Ind./South Vermillion) to get within one point, 17-16. A kill from Lelivelt squared the set 18-18. Later, a kill by Settle gave Franklin a 23-22 lead. However, SMWC won the next three points to capture the set.
Franklin won five of the first six points of the second set. The hosts answered with a 9-4 run to square the frame at 10-10. Consecutive serving aces by senior Mackenzie Wieneke (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) gave the Grizzlies a 14-11 advantage. A kill by Settle from junior Ashley Bazier (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South) extended the visitors lead to four points, 17-13. The lead grew to six points, 21-15, after a block from Lelivelt. The Grizzlies had 14 kills and a .333 hitting percentage for the match.
In the third set, Franklin took a 5-3 lead on a kill by sophomore Darian Parke (Oakland City, Ind./Wood Memorial). A kill by sophomore Lauren Harmon (Greenfield, Ind./Eastern Hancock) squared the set at 8-8. Later, the visitors took a 14-12 lead on a block by Settle. A kill by sophomore Brooke Harvey (Clinton, Ind./South Vermillion) extended the advantage to three points, 15-12, in the set. With the set tied at 20-20, the Grizzlies won five of the six points to capture the set. Consecutive kills by Young sparked the late surge.
Franklin took a 14-11 lead in the fourth set from a kill by Lelivelt. The lead grew to 22-17 following another kill by Lelivelt later in the frame. The team posted a .270 hitting attack for the set.
Bazier helped distribute the offensive attack with 48 assists. She also tallied 13 digs defensively. Wieneke posted a team-high 20 digs, and had three serving aces. Senior Theresa Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) tallied 17 digs, while sophomore Sarah Labra (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) added 11 digs.
Franklin returns to the court on Saturday, October 3, at 1 p.m. when it battles Earlham College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match from Richmond, Indiana. The Grizzlies will face Albion College (Michigan) in non-conference action later that afternoon at 3 p.m.