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Georgetown College celebrated Senior Night, thanking Emily Weber and Kathryn Smith for all their hard work through four seasons as a Tiger.
GC (23-7, 12-2 Mid-South Conference) picked up the 104th win in that time span, handing St. Catharine (15-10, 9-5) a 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17 defeat.
"We battled and worked hard," said Tiger coach Nick Griffin. "The emotions of Senior Night can always be hard, but I think in that fourth set we really found our rhythm."
The seniors combine for 20 kills, Weber with 13 and Smith with seven. Allyson Wilbourn led the way with 16 and Caraline Maher added 13.
Georgetown needed a rally in set one that started with a Weber kill. Corri Muha, seeing significant time since an injury at the end of August, added a kill and Wilbourn made it three straight points on kills. SCC sided GC out, but a Muha kill and a Patriot hit into the net gave the Tigers set one.
It was another battle down the stretch in set two, but a Wilbourn kill, a Muha and Wilbourn block and a Lauren Schneidtmiller kill put enough distance between the teams, 23-20 and eventually a 25-22 victory.
The Tigers were on the verge of a win in three, leading 20-17 following an ace by Stephanie Gurren. The Patriots responded with a run to erase the deficit and eventually take a 23-20 lead. GC erased two set points, but fell 25-22.
Georgetown pushed out early and never really struggled in the most lopsided set for the match.
The Tigers return to action Friday and Saturday in the Boneyard Brawl. GC plays Vitero 1 pm and Texas Brownsville at 7 pm Friday and Embry-Riddle 11:30 am and Point Park 5:30 pm Saturday.
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