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Georgetown College volleyball struggled to find a hitting rhythm and defensively could not shake Lindsey Wilson College on Halloween night in Columbia, Ky.
The storms were pouring outside as the epic battle between No. 20 Tigers (27-9, 13-3) and No. 9 Blue Raiders (31-2, 16-0) raged inside Biggers Sport Center. LWC won for the second meeting this season in four, 24-26, 25-17, 25-21, 25-18.
"Serve and serve receive hurt, coupled with hitters being a bit off, and that isn't a good recipe against a top opponent," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We learn and make this final push. Every match is about learning and improving yourself. Hopefully we will do that."
The Tigers have one final week of regular season action, going to University of Pikeville and Bluefield College, before postseason begins Nov. 15 in Louisville, Ky.
Georgetown started strong Thursday, opening up an 11-3 lead that forced LWC into an early time out. The Blue Raiders slowly chipped away until they held a 24-23 advantage. GC thwarted the set point then tallied the next two points to win set one. GC hit .270 in that set, while holding Lindsey to .045.
"We came out ready and even withstood the storm," Griffin said. "We know good teams don't fold or go away so it was no surprise to see that first set turn into a battle. We handled it and stayed within our game."
Lindsey had two strings of service points in the second set that really put that out of reach. The Blue Raiders scored six straight in the early going and then had another run of seven while hitting .333 for the set. GC managed just .088 in that set with seven attack errors and had three service errors as well.
"It is hard when you give a good team free points," Griffin said. "We had 10 errors to their five in that set and we lose by eight. We have to control what we can control."
Set three was stronger in hitting percent as GC tallied a .270, but 11 errors to five again left the Tigers four points shy of taking set three. The final set, LWC had two runs of four service points. Georgetown had 13 errors to Lindsey's five in the seven-point loss.
Allyson Wilbourn led with 13 kills on 32 swings. Caraline Maher added 11 and Corri Muha and Emily Weber both hit .400 or above with eight and seven kills respectively. Lindsey Martindale had 28 assists, while Stephanie Gurren added 17. Courtney Grafton guided the defense with a match-high 21 digs.