RECAP | Grizzlies Blast Ancilla, Record Third Straight Win

Grace Laker. Photo: Danny Goggans
Grace Laker. Photo: Danny Goggans

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin volleyball team opened the final month of the regular season in impressive fashion, sweeping Ancilla College on Wednesday (Oct. 2) night inside the Spurlock Center.

Three Grizzlies reached double digits in kills as Franklin racked up a cumulative attacking percentage of .333 on the night. Defensively, the Grizzlies remained a stingy unit, holding Ancilla to just .020 on the attack to win 25-19, 25-14, 25-9.

Leading by one point late in the opening game, the Grizzlies closed out the Chargers with a 6-1 run to end the set and take the early one-game lead. Set two was all Grizzlies from the get-go, as Franklin rushed out to an 8-1 lead and never looked back. Franklin had 19 kills and hit .333 in the second game, closing out the Chargers with ease.

The Grizzlies put the Chargers away in emphatic fashion with a dominant third set. Franklin hit an eye-popping .444 in the set and closed things out with another 8-1 run to put the match away.

Abby Sewell had a game-high 13 kills and set a new personal best mark with a .550 hitting percentage. Kyndall Boyll racked up 12 kills and hit .385 on the night while freshman Grace Laker finished with 10 successful attacks, hitting double figures for the first time in her young career.

Mackenzie Waldran handed out a team-leading 24 assists with Savanna VanHoy chipping in with 12 helpers. Allison Thompson dug up a game-high 23 balls with Kylie Paul acing three serves on the night.

The Grizzlies jump back into conference play on Saturday (Oct. 5), when they head to Cincinnati, Ohio for an afternoon tri-match. Franklin meets conference foe Mount St. Joseph at 1:00 p.m. before facing Mount Vernon Nazarene at 3:00 p.m.