Volleyball falls to Mount St. Joseph

Freshman Reagan Egbert spikes the ball in Franklin's season opener Saturday against Mount St. Joseph University.

The Grizzly volleyball team (0-2) was defeated Saturday by the Mount St. Joseph Lions (2-0) in their first game of the season. In the double header, the Grizzlies lost three consecutive sets in both matches.

Despite the losses, senior Kendall Boyll said she is proud of her team for hanging with their opponents.

"The game against Mount St. Joe started a fire in our team. We know how close we were to beating them. Our team also knows that we have what it takes to be a force in the HCAC, and I think that this game gave us some things to reflect on and overcome them to become that force," Boyll said.

In the first game, Boyll led the team with 11 points. As an outside hitter, she scored with several spikes and a few sneaky lobs over Mount St. Joseph’s front line. She was followed by Reagan Egbert, a freshman outside hitter from Jasper, Indiana, who scored nine. Senior Abby Sewell, a middle blocker, scored six and a half. 

Junior Allison Thompson contributed 16 digs, while sophomore Billie Jarrett’s tally was 13.

As a team, Franklin had four serving aces to Mount St. Joseph’s eight. Both teams had 128 attacks and four blocks. Franklin managed 37 kills, compared to the Lion’s 38. 

The first two sets ended with scores of 26-24 and 25-22 in the Lions’ favor. 

In set three, the Grizzlies took a timeout when they fell behind 8-2. They then rebounded with a run of 9 consecutive points for a score of 8-11. The Lion’s counter put them at a 20-14 lead, but the Grizzlies managed to keep pace thanks to a few cheeky drop shots by Boyll, a missed spike by the Lions and a crucial block by the Grizzly front line. 

A timeout was called with a score of 23-20, which was closely followed by a Boyll spike on the far left side to give the Grizzlies a chance with a two-point deficit. Still, the Grizzlies couldn’t hang on and the set finished 25-23, giving Mount St. Joseph the win in the first game. 

In the second game, Egbert had the most points with five. As a team, Franklin pulled off five serving aces, compared to the Lion’s seven. They amassed 48 digs, while the Lion’s came away with 54. Finally, Franklin’s 17 kills were met with 31 from their opposition.  

In the first two sets, the Lions triumphed with a score of 25-22 and 25-19. 

Set three was a close one at first. The Grizzlies came from behind to level the score at 12-12 and temporarily held the lead by two points. They went on to lose the match 25-20. 

The Grizzlies next game, against Rose-Hulman, will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the Spurlock Center gym.


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