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The top two Mid-South Conference teams in volleyball met Tuesday evening in Georgetown and the No. 16 Tigers clawed to a 25-21, 27-29, 25-14, 25-23 win over Lindsey Wilson College, which is receiving votes.
Georgetown College (13-2, 4-0 MSC) overcame early deficits in all sets and the absence of setter Lindsey Martindale and defensive specialist Kristen Schellhaas. The pair is dealing with injuries, but hope to return to the floor soon.
Tiger coach Nick Griffin and the team adjusted by running a 5-1 with sophomore Stephanie Gurren directing traffic. She had 57 of the teams 59 assists and added three kills along the way in the four-setter.
The Blue Raiders (12-7, 3-1) bounced back from dropping set one to overcome several set points and take the longest set 29-27.
"That was a huge set, but the best part was to see us not loss focus," Griffin said. "It could have been very easy to hang our heads when we knew we had a 2-0 lead in our control several times. We huddled up before the third set and decided to take control."
In the most lopsided game of the match, GC broke loose early and romped to the 11-point victory. But, LWC is not the defending MSC champions and receiving votes in the national poll for nothing. It composed itself coming out with a quick 4-0 lead in set four.
"We knew it was a long game, and we had already erased several three- and four-point deficits," Griffin said. "We just slowly clawed back into it. Give Lindsey credit as it kept control, but I knew once we grabbed a lead it was ours to lose."
Lauren Schneidtmiller aced her serve for the 24-23 edge and then the next serve saw Lindsey dump the pass into the net for the final point.
GC returns to action Friday and Saturday as host of one of several MSC Crossover matches. Shawnee State, University of Pikeville, University of Rio Grande, St. Catharine and Cumberland University will be in Georgetown for a multitude of matches. Friday matches are at 5 and 7:15 pm in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym and the rec. Saturday matches are 11 am and 1:15 pm in the rec, while the gym also has a 3:30 pm contest.