Kristen Schellhaas passes a ball this past week. Photo by Richard Davis.
Volleyball - Mon, Sep. 9, 2013
Georgetown College volleyball wrapped up a busy week – six home matches in five days, four in two – with straight set wins over St. Thomas and Xavier Saturday.
The St. Thomas Trolls were the closest team all week to pushing the No. 7 Tigers into dropping a set as they served at 23-24. However, a rotation error incurred a side-out and Georgetown won the second set 25-23. The other two sets were not even close in the 25-9, 25-23, 25-12 victory.
Allyson Wilbourn continued her steady play with eight kills to lead the charge. Kathryn Smith chipped in with seven and Rachel Eubanks six. This was the lone match of the week that Caraline Maher appeared human. The junior had five kills on 11 attempts and hit .273. In the five other matches this past week, Maher hit above .500 and averaged double-digit kills.
"I think it was a good weekend and week all the way around," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We threw a lot at them in a short time span, but we were at home so we got to keep a pretty consistent routine and have our home crowd. It is good to see how a young team handles things such as this, and I was pleased with how we came out of this week."
Georgetown improved to 9-1 with a three-set victory in a rematch of this past year's national tournament opening round match with Xavier University of Louisiana. The Tigers won 25-14, 25-14, 25-19.
Maher recovered from her morning match with 14 kills on 17 attempts and no errors for .824 hitting percentage.
"That's a team that will probably be back in the national tournament," Griffin said of the Gold Nuggets. "For us as a team to have 51 kills and hit above .400 is a great way to end this week."
Wilbourn hit .500 with eight kills on 14 attempts. Eubanks was .350 with nine kills and Emily Weber had nine kills on 16 attempts for .563.
"Those are our four lead hitters," Griffin said. "To have all of them hitting above .300 is ridiculous. For it to be the final match for the crazy week speaks a lot of their mental toughness, determination and focus."
Lindsey Martindale had 21 assists, while Stephanie Gurren tallied 17. The pair continues to flourish in the two setter system.
"To have 48 assists on those 51 kills is awesome and to see that many of those come from our setters is even better," Griffin said. "They were running the system and everything was clicking."
Georgetown had its fewest blocks of the week in that final match with just five. The Tigers also tallied three service aces against XU, one apiece from Martindale, Maddie Kunkel and Courtney Grafton.
Georgetown returns to action Tuesday at St. Catharine before welcoming in rival Campbellsville University Thursday. Match is set for 7 pm in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.