TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In a meeting of two teams without a loss in conference play, the Franklin volleyball team made the short trip west to take on the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers.
Franklin (14-8, 2-1 HCAC) saw their five-match winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Engineers (10-12, 2-0 HCAC), with the hosts taking the match in three sets, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16.
Game one was decided by a 6-0 Rose run that turned a one-point content into a 19-12 Engineer lead. The Grizzlies rallied to get back within a pair late in the set, but Franklin was unable to fight off match point more than once.
Set two was another tightly-contested affair that sat tied at 20 before Franklin took two-of-three points to take a brief lead. But they couldn't capitalize as Rose took four of the last five points to open up a two-game lead. The final set saw Rose use a strong offensive attack to close things out.
Junior Kyndall Boyll led the way for Franklin with 10 kills against just a pair of errors on 43 attack attempts. Kyra Harvey and Timber Falin tied for second on the team with seven successful attack attempts each. Billie Jarrett finished the night with 23 assists, leading all setters.
Defensively, Allison Thompson led the way for Franklin with 13 digs with Jarrett and Mackenzie Waldran adding nine digs each. Falin racked up a pair of solo blocks to go along with two block assists, leading all FC net defenders.
Franklin looks to get back in the win column on Friday (Oct. 11) night, when they head north for a showdown against the Anderson Ravens. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.