WHITEWATER, Wis. – The Franklin volleyball team wrapped up opening weekend with two more matches on Saturday (Sept. 1) afternoon on day two of the Wisconsin-Whitewater Invitational.
The Grizzlies (0-4) battled hard in contests against Coe College (Iowa) and Minnesota Morris, but were unable to secure their first win of the year.
Junior Kyra Harvey put down 22 kills on the day, giving her a team-high 44 for the weekend. The Sauk Rapids, Minn.-native finished with a .146 attack percentage and 28 digs on the weekend, earning a spot on the all-tournament team as a result.
Coe 3 – Franklin 0
The Grizzlies came out of the gate swinging, jumping out to a 9-2 lead early in the first set before the Kohawks rallied back to take seven of the next eight points. Franklin shook off the rally with a 5-1 run to open a 15-10 lead midway through the set.
But the Kohawks would control the rest of the set, roaring back to take the opening game, 25-21. Coe carried that momentum with them for the rest of the match taking sets two and three by identical 25-14 scores.
Harvey topped the Grizzlies with 13 kills on 31 attempts, finishing the match with a .323 hitting percentage. Libby Stahl finished the match with a team-leading 16 digs while Allison Thompson's nine assists led all Franklin players.
Minnesota Morris 3 – Franklin 0
Down early in the first set, Franklin got right back in the game with five straight points to tie things up at 6-6. The match remained close right down to the wire, but the Cougars were able to steal the final two points to close out a 25-23 win in the opening set.
Set two was another back-and-forth battle, highlighted by a pair of attacking offenses that had success all game long. Franklin hit .414 in set two and committed just one error, but the Cougars swung it at a .500 clip with 19 kills to steal another 25-23 victory and a two-set advantage. The Grizzlies would fall behind early in set three and were unable to recover, dropping the final game 25-16.
Harvey topped the Grizzlies with nine kills in the night cap, racking up a .312 hitting percentage in the game. Kyndall Boyll finished with eight kills while Lexie Gifford put away seven kills in the match. Stahl finished with 11 digs to lead the Grizzlies, while Mackenzie Waldran (14) and Thompson (10) both hit double-digit assist totals.
Next up for the Grizzlies is a trip to Wilmington, Ohio on Wednesday (Sept. 5) night for a showdown with the Quakers of Wilmington College. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.