Volleyball Wins Thrilling Five-Set Tournament Opener at Transylvania

Volleyball Wins Thrilling Five-Set Tournament Opener at Transylvania

Lexington, Ky. - The Franklin College volleyball team had three players reach double figures in kills in a thrilling five-set victory (25-19, 17-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11) over Transylvania University in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) tournament on Wednesday.

Sophomore Amanda Lelivelt (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Riverside Brookfield) tallied a career-high 20 kills and posted a .381 hitting percentage in the match. Franklin (17-14) had seven kills compared to one hitting error in the deciding fifth set against the tournament's No. 4 seed.

Seniors Kourtney Settle (Vallonia, Ind./Brownstown Central) and Emily Young (Avon, Ind./Avon) each recorded 11 kills in the match.

Sophomore Brooke Harvey (Clinton, Ind./South Vermillion) added nine kills to round out the team's balanced offensive attack.

Junior Ashley Bazier (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South) helped distribute the effort with 40 assists. She was one of five players to post 14 or more digs defensively in the victory.

Senior Mackenzie Wieneke (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) led the defensive unit with 25 digs. She tied for match-high honors with three serving aces.

Bazier chipped in 17 digs, while freshman Libby Stahl (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) recorded 16 digs. Senior Theresa Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and sophomore Sarah Labra (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) each added 14 digs.

Sophomore Darian Parke (Oakland City, Ind./Wood Memorial) assisted on six blocks. Settle recorded eight blocks in the victory.

The victory avenged a 3-1 loss to the Pioneers during the regular season.

Franklin, the tournament's No. 5 seed, advances to the HCAC semifinals on Saturday, November 7 and will face top seed and host Hanover College at 2 p.m.