Volleyball - Tue, Sep. 25, 2012
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
Rachel Eubanks led with 18 kills, while Caraline Maher
and Ally Wilbourn also reached double-digits with 14 and 12 respectively. The
Tiger defense held LWC to .162 hitting percentage.
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.