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Georgetown College volleyball slipped another spot in the rankings, but continued to take care of Mid-South Conference foes in straight sets. The No. 24 Tigers (22-6, 11-1) handed Cumberland University (12-14, 3-8) a 25-12, 25-11, 25-14 defeat Tuesday evening in Lebanon, Tenn.
"It is about focusing on us and making ourselves into the best team come postseason," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "This is the final push. This week is our real opportunity to polish up and face our final big challenges."
The Tigers finished the season sweep of the Bulldogs behind eight kills from Caraline Maher, MSC Player of the Week, at Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Lindsey Martindale and Stephanie Gurren directed the offensive flow, tallying 14 and 11 assists respectively. Kathryn Smith also added six kills, four of which were in the second set.
Hot starts have been GC's mode of operation this season. Nothing much changed in Lebanon. The Tigers opened a 6-0 lead and CU only got as close as 11-7 before the eventual 25-12 victory. Martindale had three service aces in that set.
"We come out playing really well, but one thing we've been working on and talking about is how we play in second sets," Griffin said.
Georgetown opened with five unanswered points. The team held a 13-point edge before it became a back and forth scoring affair, 8-7, in order to close the set. Maddie Kunkel had a service ace and kills from Emily Weber and Maher ended it 25-11.
Mariah Tesarz helped the Tigers gain control in the final set. She served Georgetown to a 10-5 lead. CU put up a fight, scoring nine points to Georgetown's 15 that ended the match.
GC stays on the road for a 7 pm match Thursday at University of the Cumberlands (12-6, 5-5).