Ben Franklin volleyball coach Jodee Pullizzano never wants her team to lose, but when they do to apply what they’ve learned to become a better team.
The Falcons (9-2) showed just that. After a disappointing straight-set loss to Hannan on Tuesday, Franklin posted a 25-15, 25-17, 25-9 win against Newman on Thursday night.
“Everybody says they never want to lose, but sometimes losses can bring out good things,” Pullizzano said. “You can see in the way they competed (Thursday) that they don’t like to lose. When you win everybody’s happy, but when you lose, it reveals the character in your team.”
Falcons hitter Allison Olsonoski, a Villanova commitment, was a dominant figure throughout, leading the team with 14 kills.
“What I love about my team is that we are extremely competitive,” the senior said. “I think the loss against Hannan was rough, to say the least, but I would say that was a huge motivation for us going into (Thursday), and it paid off.”
Ben Franklin, the No. 2 team in the New Orleans Advocate’s Large school rankings, started the match off with a 25-15 win in the first set that ended with Olsonoski banging home back-to-back kills, and Franklin followed that up by jumping out to a 23-11 lead in the second set before finishing things off with a 25-17 win.
The Greenies (2-5) fought to keep things close initially in the third set, but Franklin rode an eight-point streak midway through to cruise to a 25-9 win that gave them the sweep.
“I think we came out strong, and it’s always competitive whenever we go against Newman,” Pullizzano said. “They’re a young group and we’re a little more seasoned, but I think we did a good job of competing throughout.”
Victoria Tidwell led the charge for the Ben Franklin defense with 10 digs, while Claire Pantell chipped in a team-high four aces.
Cameryn Jones led the Greenies with nine kills and Adele Reynoir contributed a team-high 10 digs.