FRANKLIN, Ind. – Day two of the Franklin Volleyball Invitational netted the Grizzlies a pair of hard-fought wins on Saturday (Sept. 7) afternoon, with the Grizzlies knocking off both Greenville and Marietta to end the weekend.
The opening contest of the day saw Franklin (5-3) withstand a ferocious Greenville (1-5) attack and put together two dominant attacking frames to close out a four-set win 19-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-23. In the afternoon against Marietta (7-1), Franklin had four players in double digits for kills on their way to a thrilling five-set win, 25-17, 25-20, 14-25, 18-25, 15-10.
Franklin 3 – Greenville 1
Trailing by a set, the Grizzlies turned to their defense in the second game to even things up, forcing nine Panther errors in the set. Franklin pushed through in the second game with some big plays late to even up the set with Harvey ending the frame with one of her nine kills in match.
Franklin faced an 18-14 deficit in the third set before an offensive tear sparked a comeback and gave the Grizzlies the lead in the match. The Grizzlies outscore the Panthers 11-3 the rest of the way, finishing with 14 kills and a .324 hitting percentage in the set. The Grizzlies improved on those numbers to close out the win, racking up 15 kills and a .371 attacking percentage to record another comeback win.
Sewell had a team-high 15 kills in the match, followed by a season-high 13 kills from Kyndall Boyll. Franklin hit .231 as a team in the match. Billie Jarrett racked up 40 assists to go along with 11 digs. Allison Thompson had a team-high 15 digs while Kylie Paul put away four aces.
Franklin 3 – Marietta 2
Franklin's offensive firepower helped stake the team to a 2-0 lead, with the Grizzlies racking up 17 kills in each of the first two games. In the opening contest, the Grizzlies turned on the after-burners late to stretch a slim lead into a big one. Franklin out-scored the Pioneers 15-7 down the stretch to take the opening set.
Game two saw the Pioneers take an 18-17 lead, but their bid to even things up was thwarted when Franklin ended the set on a n 8-2 run. Boyll played a major role in helping close things out, racking up four kills down the stretch.
The Pioneers adjusted defensively to limit the Franklin attack and take games three and four. In the deciding set, the Grizzlies put together a 6-1 run to make it a 10-5 contest. Marietta wouldn't come any closer than four points the rest of the way, with Harvey closing out the win with her 16th kills of the match.
Harvey was joined by Boyll for the team lead with 16 kills in the match. Right on their heels were Timber Falin's 15 kills and Sewell's 14-kill performance. Jarrett racked up another double-double against the Pioneers, handing out a season-high 55 assists while adding 14 digs. Thompson set a career-high with 28 digs while Falin ended the contest with a team-high five blocks.
Franklin hits the road next Tuesday (Sept. 10) for the first of seven straight away from home. The Grizzlies will meet Berea College, with first serve set for 7:30 p.m.