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RECAP | Grizzlies Stay Swinging, Blow Past Pomeroys in Three Sets

Kyra Harvey. Photo: Danny Goggans
Kyra Harvey. Photo: Danny Goggans

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The Franklin volleyball team continued their recent run of strong play on Tuesday (Sept. 17) night, picking up their sixth win in the last seven matches with a sweep of St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

The Grizzlies (9-4) turned in another strong performance all-around, hitting .324 as a team and holding the Pomeroys (3-8) to .162 on the attack. Kyra Harvey notched her first double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs and Kyndall Boyll led all players with 14 successful attacks on the night.

Trailing early in the first set, Franklin took control of the opening game with a 11-3 run to separate themselves from the hosts and set the tone for a 25-19 game one win. Franklin excelled on the attack in the opening game, finishing with 15 kills to just three errors for a .387 attacking percentage.

Set two saw Franklin jump out to a 6-1 lead, but the Pomeroys clawed back from as many as six points down to even the set late. But their comeback bid was denied as Harvey and Boyll closed out the game with two of Franklin's 16 kills in the set to notch a 25-23 win and a two-set lead. The hosts jumped out to an early lead in the third set, but Franklin rallied to tie and eventually take the lead with a 10-2 run that helped seal a 25-19 game three win.

Abby Sewell chipped in with eight kills and a team-high .467 hitting percentage while Grace Laker came off the bench to add six kills and a pair of assisted blocks. Billie Jarrett set up 37 of Franklin's 46 kills on the night.

Defensively, Allison Thompson matched Harvey for the most digs on the team with 11 while senior Kylie Paul added 10 digs from the back line. Both Paul and Sewell ended the night with three aces each.

Franklin continues their road trip on Saturday (Sept. 21), when they travel to Olivet, Mich. and to face Albion and Olivet as part of an afternoon tri-match. The Grizzlies face Albion at 11:00 a.m. before facing Olivet at 1:00 p.m.