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Tiger volleyball leaped nine spots Tuesday afternoon, going from No. 25 to No. 16 following an amazing weekend at the Holiday Inn Express Tournament. Georgetown College (12-2, 3-0 Mid-South Conference) then turned around and took care of business against University of the Cumberlands (7-5, 1-2).
"I was really pleased with how our team came out and took care of the task in front of them," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "After the weekend we had and with the youth on this team, it would be easy to get caught up in that and have to battle on the road against a conference opponent. We have been notorious for slow starts on the road, but not tonight."
The Tigers rolled in straight sets - 25-11, 25-17, 25-13. They out-hit the Patriots 45 to 18 in kills, while swinging .429 percent. Conference player of the week Rachel Eubanks led with 11 kills on 11-of-20 with two errors. Fellow sophomore Caraline Maher had 10 kills on 16 attempts with one error for a .563 hitting percentage.
Lindsey Martindale and Stephanie Gurren directed the offense with 19 and 16 assists respectively. The defense of Rebekah Moore and Lindsey Wise held UC to a .040 hitting percentage, combining for 17 of the 39 digs. The seniors also had five of the team's eight aces in Williamsburg.
GC has a week to rest and prepare for defending conference champion Lindsey Wilson College (9-6, 3-0). The Blue Raiders are currently receiving votes in the national poll.
"I like the way this schedule is working out," Griffin said. "I was looking for balance this year as I put our schedule together and thus far I think it has worked out well. We played a lot of matches in that past 16 days and now we get a chance to recover, regroup and focus in at practice."
LWC comes to Georgetown for the 7 pm match Sept. 25 at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.