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Georgetown College volleyball roared out of the gates Friday afternoon with a splash against No. 16 Madonna University. The Tigers split the weekend in Dearborn, MI for a solid 2-2 start for this young team. They beat MU 26-20, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 15-13 and Indiana Tech 25-16, 25-23, 25-22, while losing to Northwestern Ohio 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19 and Cornerstone 25-20, 25-27, 29-27, 23-25, 18-16.
"We knew we would play a lot of veteran teams," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "After beating Madonna in five, our players could see what we've been saying about how good we could be was true. Preseason is great for conditioning, bonding and chemistry, but it takes some matches to test what you are putting out there.
"We turned around for a tough loss to Northwest Ohio, but even with that we could tell our women that one match does not define us unless we don't grow and learn then it will."
With a little less than an hour to cool down and regroup for the second match Friday, Georgetown struggled in a four set loss to NWO. The team battled tough against No. 22 Cornerstone in an early-morning match Saturday. Following the five-set thriller, the Tigers turned around to route Indiana Tech, which was receiving votes in the preseason poll.
"It was a good weekend and a lot of good tests," Griffin said. "We learned a lot and now need to take that into our practices this week. We don't play again until next Wednesday. This gives us time to really breakdown some of our weaknesses in our matches as well as heal up from the everyday rigors the preseason toll takes on you."
Sophomore Caraline Maher had 48 kills in the four matches and picked up all-tournament team honors.