FRANKLIN – Back at home for the first time in 11 days, the Franklin College volleyball team looked to get back in the win column on Wednesday night when they took on the DePauw Tigers in their final non-conference match of the year.
The Grizzlies (10-8) fell behind their rivals early and weren't able to recover, falling in three sets to DePauw (11-5).
Down by just a point early in the first set, the Grizzlies fell victim to a 5-0 DePauw run that stretched their lead to 11-5. Franklin would close the gap to as little as 13-10, but the Tigers finished off game one on a 12-2 run to take a 25-12 win.
Game two saw the two teams trade the lead several times and was all-square at 14 midway through the set. But a short 4-1 run from DePauw put the Tigers in front for good. Franklin would get within a point at 23-22, but back-to-back kills from Liv Hartman gave the Panthers a 25-22 win.
The final set would be decided late as DePauw finished off the sweep by taking the last four points on their way to a 25-21 win in game three.
Avery Sparks topped the Grizzlies with eight kills while Abigail Sewell was right behind her with six put aways. The Grizzlies finished the match with just 27 kills, recording a .055 attacking percentage.
Nico Morris and Carrigan Peak tied for the team lead with 10 assists each while Libby Stahl topped the Grizzlies with 10 digs. Sewell and Amanda Lelivelt had three blocks each to tie for the team lead while Peak and Stahl topped the squad with a pair of aces each.
Franklin looks to snap their current three-game slide on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Richmond, Ind. for a meeting with the Earlham Quakers. First serve is set for 1:00 p.m.