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Georgetown College volleyball was in full match mode this past weekend in the Rumpke Invitational. The No. 7 Tigers played host to eight other teams for a total of 18 matches in two days.
"It is exciting and exhausting all at the same time," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "The buzz of volleyball and to be able to host events such as this so we aren't constantly on the road for tournaments is awesome. We expanded the Rumpke this year and I think it worked really well."
Friday, Georgetown played Lourdes University and Trinity Christian. A showdown in the first match of the day pushed the start time back a bit, but didn't mess with the Tigers rhythm.
GC rolled in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-11. The scores of the final match Friday were closer, but the Tigers still did not drop a set, 25-22, 25-20, 25-15.
"Sometimes the scheduling can mess with the players," Griffin said. "You get ready for a match and then have to back track and wait out another game. But, this is how it will be at any tournament we play and it helps to prepare for the national tournament."
Caraline Maher continued her dominate week at middle hitter. She went 18-of-31 with just one hitting error in the six sets. Ashlee Howe showed her power as well with eight kills on 11 attempts against Lourdes. Rachel Eubanks and Allyson Wilbourn also had eight kills apiece. Georgetown finished the match with 42 kills to the Gray Wolves 26. GC had just seven hitting errors to LU's 22.
Running much of the offense in the afternoon was sophomore Lindsey Martindale with 25 assists, while junior Stephanie Gurren had nine. Martindale also had double-digit digs with 14 and Kristen Schellhaas led with 18.
As a team, the Tigers had 12 tandem blocks and one block solo. Maher, Wilbourn and Howe all had three block assists, while Maher had the one solo block. LU finished with just one block.
In the late Friday match, Georgetown managed just 37 kills, one less than opponent Trinity Christian. However, had half the hitting errors with just 13 to TC's 27. Eubanks and Emily Weber had eight kills each to go along with Maher's 11. Martindale had 18 assists and Gurren 15. Lauren Schneidtmiller led with 13 digs, while Schellhaas had 12.
The Tigers once again dominated the net defensively with 27 total blocks to Trinity's one.
"It was a good first day," Griffin said. "We had a good crowd and the match with Trinity Christian was exciting."