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Georgetown College volleyball hosted Xavier University at Louisiana in the NAIA National Tournament First Round Saturday. The No. 13 Tigers (34-3) had a scare early against the Gold Nuggets (22-8), but rallied for the 23-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-20 win in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
GC battled a defensive minded opponent, but finally found ways for the team's powerful hitters to find holes.
Allyson Wilbourn led the way with 18 kills, while Caraline Maher chipped in with 14 and Kathryn Smith 11. For the match the Tigers hit .333, while holding XULA to .137. Taylor Reuther was the long Gold Nugget in double-digit kills with 13.
The tandem setters of Lindsey Martindale (26) and Stephanie Gurren (22) handled dishing out the ball well, helping the Tigers offense to get on track. Xavier's Franziska Pirkl had 36 assists and 14 digs.
GC punches its ticket to Sioux City, Iowa for pool-play and possibly elimination round all starting on Nov. 27. The Tigers will learn their opponents in the round-robin portion of the tournament around 6 pm Sunday.