FRANKLIN, Ind. – For the second consecutive Saturday, the Spurlock Center played host to a tri-match as the Franklin College volleyball team welcomed Anderson and Alma to town.
In the opening match, the Grizzlies (9-14, 2-3 HCAC) took care of Anderson (10-12, 2-3 HCAC) in straight sets to snap a two-game conference slide. In the night cap, the Grizzlies fell victim to a red-hot Alma (17-2) club, falling in three sets.
Franklin 3 – Anderson 0
Game one saw the Ravens jump out to an early lead but the Grizzlies flipped the script midway through the set, turning a 15-12 deficit into a 20-15 lead with an 8-0 run that featured four Anderson attack errors. The Ravens battled back to within a pair before three straight Franklin points put the finishing touches on a 25-20 game one win.
Roles were reversed at the start of the second set with Franklin jumping out to an early lead before the Ravens countered with a run of their own. Four straight Raven points late in the set moved game two to match point, but Franklin kept the Ravens from a win by rattling off the final three points to take a 27-25 decision.
Set three saw the Grizzlies have their best offensive set of the day, with Franklin hitting .256 in the deciding game. That outburst helped the Grizzlies erase an early deficit and take 11 of the final 17 points to win game three, 25-19.
Abigail Sewell led the Grizzlies' offense with 12 kills and a .310 hitting percentage in the opener while Kyndall Boyll added 10 kills in her return to the starting lineup. Allison Thompson added four aces to go along with 14 digs. Libby Stahl led all FC defenders with 19 digs and Mackenzie Waldran's 28 assists led all Franklin players.
Alma 3 – Franklin 0
Franklin jumped out to an early lead in the opening set, but Alma rallied behind a strong performance from their attack to take a 25-21 win in the opening set. Game two saw the Grizzlies record a game-high .128 hitting percentage, but that paled in comparison to Alma's .294 percentage on the attack that led to a 25-17 Scots win. The Grizzlies put up a fight in the final set but couldn't slow down the Scots in a 25-20 victory for the visitors.
Boyll closed out an impressive afternoon with 13 kills to go along with a pair of pair of aces. Stahl and Thompson tied for the team lead with 12 digs each and Waldran handed out 30 assists.
The Grizzlies head back out on the road on Wednesday (Oct. 17) for a big HCAC showdown with the Transylvania Pioneers. First sere from Lexington, Ky. is set for 7:00 p.m.