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RECAP | Grizzlies Make Quick Work of Oakland City in Home Opener

Kyra Harvey finishes off a point for the Grizzlies. Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans
Kyra Harvey finishes off a point for the Grizzlies. Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin volleyball team opened up their home schedule in dominant fashion, rolling to a sweep of Oakland City University inside the Spurlock Center on Wednesday (Sept. 4) night.

The Grizzlies (3-1) put down at least 14 kills in all three sets and finished with a team hitting percentage of .393 on the night, overwhelming the Mighty Oaks (0-1) and winning 25-10, 25-10, 25-15. The Grizzlies' three outside hitters did the bulk of the damage with senior Kyra Harvey's 11 kills leading the way. Kyndall Boyll had nine kills and senior Jenna Spini put down eight points and had a team-high .533 hitting percentage.

The Grizzlies found their footing early in the opening game, stretching a two-point lead to double figures thanks to an 11-2 run that made it 17-6 and set the tone for a strong opening set win. Game two featured more of the same with the Grizzlies starting things off with a 10-1 run en route to another big win.

The Oaks jumped out an early lead in the third set, but Franklin wasted no time erasing the deficit. The set's deciding stretch came with the Grizzlies holding a 13-10 lead, when a big Boyll kill sparked a 7-1 run that put the deciding set out of reach.

Freshman Billie Jarrett had a strong night conducting the Franklin offense, finishing with a game-high 20 assists while adding a pair of aces and two kills. Sophomore libero Allison Thompson led all players with three aces while Kylie Paul and Abby Sewell topped Franklin with nine digs each. At the front of the net, Harvey, Timber Falin and Grace Laker all had two rejections each.

Franklin looks to carry their momentum into this weekend, when they welcome five teams to the Spurlock Center for the Franklin Volleyball Invitational. The Grizzlies open the event with a match against Baldwin Wallace on Friday (Sept. 6) night at 5:00 p.m.