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September 8, 2013

Volleyball Splits Two Matches to Cap Successful Earlham Invitational Performances

Richmond, Ind. - The Franklin College volleyball team won three of its four matches during this weekend's Earlham Invitational, defeating Anderson University, 3-2, and losing to Ohio Wesleyan University, 3-1, on Sunday in Richmond, Indiana.

The Grizzlies (3-5) grabbed early momentum against Anderson by winning the first two sets 25-21 and 25-13. Then, after losing the two sets, the team came back to earn a 15-12 triumph in the deciding fifth set for the victory in the non-conference match up. Franklin recorded 47 kills and hit .196 in the match.

Earlier, Franklin split the first two sets with Ohio Wesleyan, winning the second 25-21. The team fell 25-19 and 25-18 in the final two sets to snap a two-match winning streak. The Grizzlies had defeated Wilmington College, 3-0, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 3-1, on Saturday.

Sophomore Emily Young (Avon, Ind./Avon) led the offensive effort by tallying 27 kills, including 16 in the victory over Anderson. Sophomore Theresa Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) had 11 kills against the Ravens and 19 kills overall. Sophomore Kourtney Settle (Vallonia, Ind./Brownstown Central) recorded 17 kills and freshman Ashley Bazier (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South) had a career-high 45 assists in the five-set victory over Anderson to round out the day's top offensive performers. Bazier had 26 assists in Sunday's opening match.

Sophomore Mackenzie Wieneke (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) led the defensive effort with 47 digs. Sophomore Kasey King (Holton, Ind./South Ripley) tallied 21 digs, while Brown added 19 digs against Anderson.

The Grizzlies now prepare for their home opener on Wednesday, September 11 against Wilmington College, starting at 7 p.m. in the Spurlock Center.