Volleyball Report (Week 5) - Franklin Serves Up Trio of Sweeps

GREENWOOD, IN - Franklin College finished the week 3-0 after serving up three home sweeps.  The Grizzlies (10-6, 1-0 HCAC) swept Spalding and IU-Kokomo in non-league play and opened the conference schedule with a 3-0 win over Manchester. 

Sophomore middle hitter Kourtney Settle (Vallonia, Ind./Brownstown Central) led the Franklin College offensive attack with 28 kills and a .451 hitting percentage during the week.

Settle had 13 kills with no attack errors and 15 total attempts in the team's 3-0 win over Spalding Wednesday. She added six kills in Franklin's 3-0 win over Manchester in the conference opener on Saturday and followed that effort with nine kills against IU-Kokomo.

Mackenzie Wieneke (Seymour, Ind./H.S.) led the Grizzlies' defensive effort during the three matches.  The sophomore defensive specialist tallied 61 digs over the three matches, including a high of 22 digs against IU-Kokomo.  The Seymour, Indiana native had 21 digs against Manchester and added 18 digs against Spalding. 

Franklin will travel to Earlham on Wednesday evening before traveling to Albion Saturday.

In other action...

Transylvania University earned a home tri-match split Saturday.  The Pioneers (12-8, 1-0 HCAC) swept Rose-Hulman in the HCAC opener and fell 3-0 to Wittenberg in the second match Saturday. 

Senior Meghan Bowers (Louisville, Ky./Presentation) officially broke the Transylvania's all-time kill record over the weekend. Bowers had an impressive .643 hitting percentage in the win over Rose Saturday afternoon and managed to total 20 kills during the two matches to break the school record (1,226).

Mount St. Joseph also opened the conference season with a win over Rose-Hulman.  The Lions (9-11, 1-0 HCAC) earned a 3-1 win over the Engineers Wednesday and finished the weekend with a 3-1 record at the Wheaton College Tournament.

MSJ's Nicole Sherpensky (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) tallied 60 kills with 20 blocks, nine digs, three service aces, one assist, and a hitting percentage of .386 during the five matches. 

In the team's 3-1 win over Rose-Hulman she had 18 kills, a .452 hitting percentage, and five blocks.  Sherpensky followed that effort with nine kills and a .533 hitting percentage in a 3-0 win over nationally ranked Carthage Friday.

For a complete recap of Week 5 in HCAC Volleyball, click here