RECAP | Franklin falls to Ohio Wesleyan in Opener of Hanover Invitational

Senior Amanda Lelivelt (Photo Courtesy of Austin Day)
Senior Amanda Lelivelt (Photo Courtesy of Austin Day)

HANOVER, Ind. – The Franklin volleyball team opened their second weekend tournament of the year on Friday night, taking on Ohio Wesleyan in the first of three games at the Hanover Invitational.

The Grizzlies (3-2) were unable to make it two wins in a row, falling in straight sets to the Battling Bishops (3-2); 25-11, 25-17, 25-21.

Franklin's offense struggled to get going on Friday night, finishing with a .022 hitting percentage on the night. Senior Amanda Lelivelt finished with six kills and five blocks, leading the Grizzlies in each category.

Ohio Wesleyan came out swinging in the first set, opening game one on a 7-2 run that gave them a lead they wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the set. Franklin would close the gap to four later in the set, but an 8-0 OWU run would make it 19-7 and put the game out of reach.Set two saw the Battling Bishops take five of the first six points and use a 7-1 run midway through the game to take command of the match.

With their backs against the wall, the Grizzlies got off to a quick start in the third set by taking the first four points. Ohio Wesleyan would even things up shortly after, and the battle for set number three was underway.

The teams traded ties and leads throughout the middle of the set until the Grizzlies took a 21-20 lead on a kill from Kennedy Surface. It was the last lead the Griz would own as the Bishops grabbed the last five points to close out the match.

Surface and Brooke Harvey tied for the second most kills on the Grizzlies with four putaways each. Libby Stahl topped the Grizzlies with 12 digs while Gab Arthur recorded 10 digs on the night. Jourdan Worthington topped the Grizzlies with 17 digs on the night.

Franklin will have a chance to rebound on day two of the Hanover Invite on Saturday. The Grizzlies will play two times, taking on Centre College at 10 a.m. and St. Mary-of-the-Woods at noon.