SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Franklin College volleyball team closed out their California trip in impressive fashion, sweeping Bard College in their final match of the 2019 UC Santa Cruz Slugfest.
Leading by four midway through the opening game, the Grizzlies rattled off seven straight points to not only take a double-digit lead, but force the opening game point. Falin nailed down the opening set, putting away a Billie Jarrett feed to put the Griz up by a game.
Game two was all Franklin from the jump, with the Grizzlies jumping out to a 6-1 lead on their way to a big set two win. As a team, Franklin finished the set with 15 kills against just two errors for a .433 team hitting percentage.
Another fast start fueled the final set, with Franklin taking 13 of the first 17 points to open up a wide margin. The lead would grow to as many as 11 with the Grizzlies' defense playing a major role in the final set win. Franklin held the Raptors to a sub-.100 hitting percentage in all three games.
Franklin makes their home debut on Wednesday (Sept. 4) night, when they welcome Oakland City University to the Spurlock Center. First serve is set for 6:00 p.m.