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Georgetown College volleyball advances out of pool-play into the single-elimination round of the NAIA National tournament following a straight set win over host Morningside (17-16). The No. 13 Tigers (36-5) came to life as the match went on for the 29-27, 25-21, 25-14 win.
They play at 1:30 pm Friday against Viterbo University. The V-Hawks are 35-7 and came out of Pool F with The Master's. If the Tigers beat Viterbo, they would play again at 9 pm Friday against rival Columbia. The Cougars are 40-1 and earned a bye after pool-play. The last time GC and Columbia played was in pool-play of the 2009 national tournament in a win or go home situation.
"We knew it would be a battle," said GC coach Nick Griffin of the final pool-play match. "It was a winner move on situation between us and Morningside. The Mustangs showed a lot of heart and determination in their five-set win over IU East the other night, so we knew we needed to take control. I think we've shown all tournament long that we aren't just here for the experience."
The Tigers needed another rally in the first set to pull off the 29-27 win. The other two sets went much more in the favor of Georgetown led behind Kathryn Smith's 16 kills and Lindsey Wise's 16 digs.