Net play helped the Class 4A 10th-ranked Seymour volleyball team rally and defeat Franklin in five sets on Saturday in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.
“Thank goodness we blocked very well,” Owls coach Angie Lucas said after her team won 18-25, 25-10, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12. “I thought controlling the net block was a key. We sure didn’t serve very well, and passing was very mediocre. At times, when we were able to get our middles going, that just helped our outside hitters so much because it gives them a one-on-one. We’ve got two great outside hitters that can put the ball down against a one-on-one. But when you put another blocker there, it makes it tough on those girls.
“We were able to get our middles going at the very end, and that held their middle blocker, which gave our outsides one-on-one, so that’s how we got it done, but we were very fortunate.”
Megan Kimbley topped the Owls in kills with 13, and Chandler Clark had seven. Abby Speer had two solo blocks and six assists, while Audrey Speer had two solos and five assists.
The Owls missed 13 serves (94 for 107). Hayden Dailey led the team by going 20 for 20 with four aces.
“Franklin is a very scrappy team, and they did a lot of nice things on defense and kept us a little bit off-balance at times,” Lucas said. “But I really felt we didn’t play near to the level that we’re capable of playing, so it was very good to get a win out of that.”
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