FRANKLIN, Ind. – Winners of three straight matches, the Franklin volleyball team looked to extend their winning streak on Wednesday (Sept. 12) night in their 2018 home opener against the Spalding Golden Eagles.
Franklin (4-4) continued their recent roll, running their winning streak to four in a row with a three-set win, downing the Golden Eagles (1-5) 25-23, 25-14, 25-22.
The Grizzlies jumped out to an early three-point lead, but Spalding would rally even up game and set the stage for a hotly-contested opening set. With the set tied at 15, three straight Grizzly points would put Franklin in front for good. Spalding rallied at match point with four straight points to get within one, but a thunderous kill from Lexie Gifford closed out the opening set.
Set two saw the Golden Eagles dash out to an early lead, but Franklin made up the deficit in no time with a 6-0 run to take a lead they would hold for the rest of the game. Franklin would continue to slowly grow their lead before closing out the set two win with six of the final seven points.
Franklin kept it rolling in the third set, starting off with five straight points on their way to an early 10-4 lead. Spalding rallied all the way back, getting within 18-16 late and forcing a Franklin timeout. Out of the break, the Grizzlies caught a break when a defensive miscue led to a Jenna Spini kill, swinging momentum back in Franklin's favor. The Grizzlies would ride that wave to a win, getting back-to-back kills from Boyll to finish off the sweep.
It was a great finish to a career night for Boyll, as the Centerpoint, Ind.-native set a new career-high with 16 kills and a .333 hitting percentage while adding 13 digs for her first double-double of the year. She had help on the attack with eight kills from both Giffor and Abigail Sewell, and seven put-aways from Spini.
Mackenzie Waldran handed out 20 assists on the night, the third straight match she hit the 20-assist mark. Allison Thompson had 15 assists and 12 digs on the night, racking up her team-leading third double-double of the year.
Libby Stahl set a new season-high with 26 digs from the libero position, her fourth match of the year with at least 20 digs. Spini and Sewell topped the team with three blocks each.
Franklin looks to keep their hot streak going on Friday (Sept. 14) night, when they head to Delaware, Ohio to take on Otterbein in the opening contest of the Ohio Wesleyan Bishop Invitational. First serve is set for 5:00 p.m.