FRANKLIN – The Franklin College volleyball team remained perfect on their home floor in 2017, limiting mistakes in the offensive end on their way to a straight-set win over Spalding University (Ky.) on Wednesday night inside the Spurlock Center.
The Grizzlies (5-3) hit .314 as a team and committed just six attacking errors on the night. Franklin jumped out to early leads in all three sets on their way to taking down the Golden Eagles (2-6); 25-20, 25-10. 25-12.
"Our offense really took charge of what they were given and they turned it into points," Sophomore setter Nico Morris said. "We took everything we've been working on in practice into this game tonight. We had great energy tonight and we played our game. It was a great team win for us."
Franklin overwhelmed the Golden Eagles early in the first set, jumping out to an 11-3 lead. Spalding would claw back to within three points late in game one, but Kennedy Surface slammed the door shut on game one with a kill that gave Franklin the first game. The Grizzlies hit .450 as a team and did not commit an attack error in the opening game.
Game two was tight in the early going until the Grizzlies ripped off a 12-1 run to close out the second set, with three straight kills from Brooke Harvey closing things out. Set three saw the Golden Eagles jump out to an early 7-3 lead, but the Grizzlies took the next six points on their way to a 13-1 run that gave them the lead for good. From there, it was smooth sailing as the Griz closed out their second home win of the year in as many tries.
Surface led all players with nine kills on the night, finishing with just one attack error on her way to a .421 hitting percentage. Surface was one of three Grizzlies to swing at a .400 clip on the night, joining Amanda Lelivelt (.444) and Abigail Sewell (.429).
Playing in her first match after a four-game absence, Morris assumed her position as the team's lead setter and finished with 29 assists. Junior libero Libby Stahl finished with a team-high 15 digs and recorded a trio of aces. Carrigan Peak recorded 13 digs and led the Grizzlies with four service aces.
Next up for the Grizzlies is their final weekend tournament of the year. Franklin heads to Jacksonville, Ill. for four games at the Illinois College Invitational on Sept. 15-16. First up for the Griz are matches against Lincoln Christian and St. Mary's (Ind.) at 6:30 and 8:30 on Friday night.