The Ben Franklin Falcons scored a road victory against the Newman Greenies in five sets (25-16, 20-25, 25-17, 15-25, 15-6) Tuesday night to improved to 3-0 start.
The loss dropped Newman to 1-1.
“I told them that you need to outhustle the other team,” said Franklin coach Jodee Pulizzano. “No matter what happens, no matter what the score is, just leave everything on the court. And I thought they did that.”
The Falcons traded sets with the Greenies, taking the first and third sets decisively while hanging with Newman in the second and fourth set until the Greenies pulled away at the end of the fourth. They controlled the fifth set throughout.
“I think tonight proved how much of a momentum game volleyball is,” Ben Franklin’s Allison Olsonoski said. “Volleyball is all about momentum. It switched game to game. ... I’m really glad I and my team were able to bounce back game after game.”
It was a complete team victory for Franklin, but Olsonoski was the key to their success. She was a constant presence all over the court, especially near the net, where she converted many kill opportunities and defended against opposing volleys.
“Our mentality is ‘play like it’s our last game’,” she said. “And we left everything on the court, and that’s what it takes. We put all of our heart in it and it showed. It was worth it, it was a great match.”