FRANKLIN, Ind. – Sophomore middle hitter Abigail Sewell was a force for the Franklin College volleyball team on Saturday (Oct. 6) afternoon, leading the Grizzlies to a split with Earlham and Kalamazoo inside the Spurlock Center.
The Franklin-native racked up an eye-popping 34 kills and finished with 43 points on the afternoon, setting a new career-high with 19 kills in a five-set loss to Earlham in the opening match. Game two saw Sewell lead the Grizzlies with 13 kills in a straight-set win over Kalamazoo, moving Franklin to 8-12 on the year and 1-2 in HCAC play.
Earlham 3 – Franklin 2
The Quakers jumped out to an early lead and held an 18-10 advantage as the Grizzlies struggled to get going. Franklin found their swing offensively, mounting a furious comeback that led to a 27-25 opening set win with the Grizzlies taking the final three points to complete the comeback.
Earlham drew even with a 25-18 win in game two, but the Grizzlies bounced back with an emphatic 25-10 game three win. The deciding stretch saw the Grizzlies rattle off an 11-1 run early in the set, setting the tone for a decisive win. The Grizzlies held a lead late in game four, but Earlham rallied to take the final six points and earl a 25-19 win. Earlham completed the comeback with a 15-9 win in the deciding set.
Krya Harvey finished the opener with 11 kills, Sewell added a team-high three aces and Mackenzie Waldran served up 41 assists. Libby Stahl led the Grizzlies with 21 digs while Sewell provided a team-high five blocks in the opener.
Franklin 3 – Kalamazoo 0
After dropping a heart-breaker in the opener, the Grizzlies responded in impressive fashion to close out the tri-match. Facing a five-point deficit in game one, Franklin stormed back with a 14-4 run to seize command of the set. The Hornets made things tight late, but a Kalamazoo service error sealed a 25-22 Franklin win to open the match.
Game two saw the Grizzlies use another sizeable run to take advantage. At one point, the Grizzlies took 11-of-15 points to stretch a one-point lead to a 20-12 advantage. The Hornets put up a valiant effort to get back into the set, but a thunderous kill by Sewell closed out a 25-22 win, giving the Griz a two-set lead.
The final set saw the Grizzlies surge out to a sizeable lead before the Hornets closed the gap and tied things up at 21. Franklin put an end to the rally, taking four of the final five points for their third straight 25-22 win, getting the winning kill from Maria Hasnerl.
Waldran handed out 35 assists in the night cap and Allison Thompson set a new single-game high with five service aces. Libby Stahl had 19 digs in the win and Hasnerl led all players with three blocks.
Franklin heads out on the road on Wednesday (Oct. 9) night, traveling to Terre Haute, Ind. for a meeting with Rose-Hulman. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.