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Georgetown College volleyball had a rough start trying to end a two-match skid, but in the end rolled in three over University of Rio Grande Tuesday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
The No. 23 Tigers (20-6) needed rallies in the first and second sets before controlling the third in a 30-28, 25-23, 25-16 victory. They improve to 9-1 in the Mid-South Conference with another league foe coming to town later this week.
"We gutted it out and pulled it together to take the win," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "I'm proud of them for being mentally tough. Rio can be a very scrappy team and we just hung in and took care of business."
This is the second time playing the RedStorm in a matter of 13 days – a time span in which the Tigers played eight matches.
"When you have to play round robin in the league and then pack your weekends with tournaments, it makes it tough to schedule," Griffin said. "We've not gotten in the practice sessions that we would necessarily like to, but these young ladies show such passion and dedication we are making the most of the time we do get."
This week will be more of a training session with just two matches. Shawnee State comes to town for the other MSC game 7 pm Thursday.
Caraline Maher was on fire with a match-high 14 kills. She needed just 19 swings and had just two errors for a .632 hitting percentage. The junior middle hitter is averaging .391 attack percentage through 26 matches.
Fellow junior Allyson Wilbourn was the only other double-digit kill tally with 12. To round out that junior hitting squad, Rachel Eubanks had eight kills. Senior Emily Weber had seven and sophomore Lauren Schneidtmiller had five.
Lindsey Martindale and Stephanie Gurren took the passes from the back court and dished out 48 assists, 27 and 21 respectively. Courtney Grafton stepped in as libero with 17 digs. Schneidtmiller, Martindale and Grafton all had one ace.
Maher, Wilbourn and Ashlee Howe accounted for four solo blocks one apiece for the juniors and Howe had two.