RECAP | Pioneers Swing Past Grizzlies on Tuesday Night

Photo courtesy of Renee Knight
Photo courtesy of Renee Knight

FRANKLIN – The Franklin College volleyball team was back in action on Tuesday night, taking on Transylvania University for the first of their final two home games of the year.

The Grizzlies (10-12, 0-6 HCAC) threw everything they had at the Pioneers (16-9, 5-2 HCAC), but it wasn't enough as Franklin fell in straight sets to one of the top teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC).

The opening set was a battle of the two offenses, with each team recording a hitting percentage over .200 in the game. With the game even at the midway point, the Pioneers used a 6-1 run to turn a one-point lead into a seven-point advantage on their way to a 25-20 win.

Transylvania jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the second set, but Franklin would answer by taking 13 of the next 17 points to make it 15-11. Game two would come down to the very end, but the Pioneers were able to grab four of the final five points to take a 2-0 lead with a 26-24 win.

The Pioneers jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the third and deciding set and never looked back, closing out the match with a 25-19 win.

Avery Sparks led the Franklin offense with 11 kills on the night, her sixth double-digit kill game of the year. Brooke Harvey finished with seven kills and a team-leading .353 hitting percentage. Nico Morris' 19 assists led the Grizzlies while Carrigan Peak chipped in with 10 helpers.

Libby Stahl led the FC defense with 21 digs on the night. The net-front defense was led by Abigail Sewell, who had one solo block and four block assists on the night.

Franklin heads back out on the road on Friday for the first of their final two road matches of the year against Bluffton University. First serve from Bluffton, Ohio is set for 6:30 p.m.