RECAP | Grizzlies Sweep Spalding; Johnston Collects 100th Career Win as FC Head Coach

Photo courtesy of Linda Striggo
Photo courtesy of Linda Striggo

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Franklin College volleyball team completed a season sweep of Spalding University on Tuesday (Oct. 2) night, taking down the Golden Eagles in straight sets.

Franklin (7-10) hit .211 on the night to earn their second three-set win over the Golden Eagles (1-17) this year. With the win, Franklin head coach Mary Johnston notched her 100th career win behind the FC bench.

The opening set was a back-and-forth contest that saw several ties and lead changes. Holding a 17-16 lead, the Grizzlies rattled off the next three points to extend their lead to four. Spalding closed the gap, but a kill from Abigail Sewell shut the door on a comeback bid and closed out a 25-23 game one win.

Set two was all Franklin, with the Grizzlies hitting .300 in the frame and racking up 12 kills. Defensively, the Grizzlies stifled the Spalding attack, holding the Golden Eagles to a -.179 hitting percentage in a 25-11 win and a two-set lead.

Game three saw the two sides trade runs, leads and ties but an 8-2 run late in the set staked the Grizzlies to a 21-18 lead. Spalding rallied to tie things up but their bid to keep the match alive was extinguished thanks to back-to-back kills from Jenna Spini to complete a 29-27 game three win.

Sewell put together another strong night for the Grizzlies, leading the team with 11 kills and a .391 attacking percentage. Freshman Maria Hasnerl hit double-digit kills for the first time in her career, putting away 10 balls and recording a .385 hitting percentage. Spini and Timber Falin just missed double-digit kills, finishing with nine each.

Mackenzie Waldran handed out 36 assists to FC attackers while Sewell and Kylie Paul finished with a pair of aces each. Libby Stahl paced the back line with 19 digs while Falin's four blocks were tops among all Franklin players.

The Grizzlies wrap up their current road trip on Thursday (Oct. 4), when they head to Crestview Hills, Ky. to take on Thomas More College. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.