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Georgetown College volleyball suffered a loss in pool-play Wednesday evening to No. 1 Concordia University Irvine. The No. 13 Tigers (35-5) falls to 1-1 in the round robin portion of the NAIA National Volleyball tournament in Sioux City, Iowa following the 25-11, 25-19, 25-15 setback.
"The Eagles are ridiculously good," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We knew that, but what we take out of that match is how we didn't shy away from battling with them."
Set one Concordia (34-0) showed why it is undefeated, but the Tigers did not fold up their tents and walk away. They learned from it and made the Eagles work for the win in the final two sets. Multiple times in set two, GC rallied to keep it close. Set three was the best with back-and-forth play for a tie at 13-13. The Eagles then went on a 12-2 run to close out the match.
"We showed a lot of grit and learned through the match," Griffin said. "With a young team, that is key. We made adjustments and I think is a boost heading into day three of this tournament."
The Tigers now face Morningside (17-15), which is the tournament host and also sits at 1-1 in pool-play after beating Indiana University East Wednesday in a five-set thriller, 25-23, 13-25, 25-27, 25-20, 16-14. The winner of the 6:45 pm match Thursday will join Concordia in the single-elimination round of the tournament that starts Friday morning.
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