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Georgetown College volleyball might have slipped out of the Top 10 in the most recent coaches' poll, but it was only fuel to get back on track. Wednesday the team traveled to Mid-South Conference foe University of Rio Grande, winning in straight sets.
The No. 18 Tigers (14-4, 5-1 MSC) emerged from the 2-3 week looking more like themselves in a 25-23, 25-16, 25-11 win in Ohio. As a team, Georgetown hit above .300 with 42 kills and just six errors in 101 attempts.
"Not one of our players hung their heads after this past week. We all understand it is a marathon season," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We had a great start, but as long as we are learning through our wins and losses, that is what counts when it comes to December."
Stephanie Gurren and Lindsey Martindale helped to evenly run the Tiger attack, setting up each hitter for kill opportunities. Juniors Caraline Maher and Allyson Wilbourne led the way with eight kills each. Sophomore Lauren Schneidtmiller had seven. Senior Emily Weber six and junior Rachel Eubanks and freshman Ashlee Howe each had five. Maher (.615) and Weber (.545) both finished with above .500 attacking percentages for the night.
Gurren tallied 22 assists while Martindale chipped in with 11. Howe led with four blocks on the night, including the lone solo block.
The RedStorm (1-7, 0-6) attack proved to be few and far between, causing the Tigers to need just 27 digs over the three sets. Rio finished with 29 kills with 14 errors on 92 swings for a .163 attacking percentage.
"Over the course of the past two weeks, we've had a total of four practices," Griffin said. "It was nice to finally get back in the gym and work on some things. Our players are showing how passionate they are to get back on track and it showed up in our win Wednesday."
The Tigers stay on the road for a weekend match with MSC's Shawnee State before returning to the friendly confines of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym for back-to-back matches Tuesday and Wednesday of this coming week.