RECAP | Grizzlies Earn Split on Final Day of Hanover Invitational

Allison Thompson. Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald
Allison Thompson. Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald

HANOVER, Ind. – The Franklin College volleyball team wrapped up a busy weekend at the Hanover Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 14) with two more contests on tap.

In the opening match, the Grizzlies (8-4) smothered Capital in three sets, winning 25-22, 25-17, 25-23. Against Trine in the afternoon session, Franklin took the game's first two sets before the Thunder rallied to take the final three, snapping Franklin's five-match winning streak 19-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23, 15-13.

Franklin 3 – Capital 0
Game one featured a back-and-forth battle between the two side with Franklin taking an early lead before the Crusaders rallied back to take a 14-13 advantage. The set would tilt in Franklin's favor for good thanks to a stretch that saw the Grizzlies take seven of the next 10 points, giving them a lead they would hold the rest of the way.

The Grizzlies took five of the first six points in the second set, but Capital would once again rally back to even things up midway through the game at 10-10. But the Grizzlies put their stamp on the set with a 9-1 run afterwards, a margin that allowed them to roll to a second set victory. The Grizzlies and Crusaders traded lengthy runs in the third game and with things tied at 23, a Capital attack error followed by a Kyra Harvey solo block closed out the set and gave Franklin their fifth straight victory.

Abby Sewell had a team-high 12 kills and recorded four solo blocks in the match. Timber Falin had seven kills and no errors to aid the FC offense. Billie Jarrett had 24 assists while Allison Thompson led the way with 20 digs.

Trine 3 – Franklin 2
Trailing by a point late in the opening set, Franklin roared back to close out the game with an 8-1 run with Harvey claiming half of the Grizzlies' points in crunch time. Set two was the Grizzlies' best performance of the match from an attack standpoint, with the Grizzlies hitting .255 and racking up 16 kills. Franklin fended off set point from the Thunder on two occasions, taking the final three points of the set to go up 2-0 in the match.

But the next three sets would go the way of the Thunder, the final coming when Trine held off a late push from the Grizzlies in game five to hold on for the win.

Kyndall Boyll ended the game with 15 kills for Franklin, the only player to rack up double digits in that category. Five different Grizzlies hit double figures in digs, led by a career-high 32 from Thompson. Kylie Paul (16), Harvey (11), Morgan Curtis (10) and Mackenzie Waldran (10) joined their libero in double digits.

Franklin continues their road trip on Tuesday (Sept. 17) night, hitting the road to face St. Mary-of-the-Woods. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.