HANOVER, Ind. – The Franklin College volleyball team wrapped up their road schedule on Wednesday night, taking on conference-leading Hanover College inside Collier Arena.
The Grizzlies (10-14, 0-8 HCAC) came up short against the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's (HCAC) top team, falling to the Panthers (23-5, 8-0 HCAC) in straight sets.
Game one was neck-and-neck early on and the two teams were knotted up at 12 before the Panthers took command of the opening set with a 6-1 run. Hanover would lead by no fewer than three points the rest of the way, taking the opener 25-18.
Set two was a tightly-contested affair as well, with neither team able to distance itself from the other until late. Facing game point, the Panthers rallied to push game two into extras before rallying for a 28-26 win.
Hanover carried that momentum with them into game three, jumping out to a 10-1 lead and never looking back, closing things out with a 25-10 win.
Avery Sparks led the Franklin attack with seven kills on the night while Amanda Lelivelt finished right behind her with six put aways. Franklin finished the night with a .042 hitting percentage while the Panthers swung at a .174 clip.
Carrigan Peak led the Grizzlies with 13 assists while Mackenzie Waldran handed out 12 helpers. Defensively, Libby Stahl topped the Grizzlies with 15 digs while Sparks finished with 13 digs of her own. Lelivelt led the Grizzlies with three total blocks.
Franklin wraps up the 2017 season on Saturday night when they welcome Mount St. Joseph University to town for senior night as part of homecoming weekend. First serve from the Spurlock Center is set for 7:00 p.m.