CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Franklin College volleyball team wrapped up regular season play on Saturday (Oct. 27) afternoon, taking on the Mount St. Joseph Lions.
The Grizzlies (10-17, 3-6 HCAC) stormed out to take the first set before the Lions (10-15, 3-6 HCAC) rolled back to earn wins in three straight games and earn a 3-1 victory. Junior Kyra Harvey finished with a game-high 19 kills and Abigail Sewell added 13 kills on the afternoon.
Game one saw the Grizzlies dominate on the offensive side of the ball, putting away 17 balls and finishing with a .378 attacking percentage. The back-and-forth opening set saw Franklin record five straight points to seal a 25-21 victory.
But the Lions shook off the early loss and frustrated Franklin's offense on their way to a 25-13 win in the second set, evening up the contest. A pivotal third contest sat at 17-13 in favor of the Lions before the Mount closed out the set on an 8-3 run to take a 25-16 win.
Franklin jumped out to an early lead in the final set, but were undone by a stretch that saw the Lions rattle off a 10-1 run that turned a 9-7 Franklin lead into a 17-10 MSJ advantage. Franklin fought all the way back to within a pair late, but their comeback bid fell short in a 25-23 MSJ victory.
The Grizzlies finished with a .148 hitting percentage to .194 for the Lions. Sewell racked up a .478 hitting percentage while Harvey swung at a .293 clip, but no other Grizzly attacker finished with more than four kills. Mackenzie Waldran handed out 42 assists on the afternoon.
Senior Libby Stahl's 22 digs led all Franklin players, followed by 13 from Allison Thompson and 11 from Waldran. The Grizzlies' net-front defense finished with nine total blocks, led by six assisted rejections from Sewell.
The Grizzlies will have to wait until Sunday afternoon to find out their HCAC Tournament fate, as Franklin is tied with three other teams for the final spot in the six-team tournament.