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With a 25-21, 25-21, 25-16 win over University of Rio Grande, Georgetown College volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament and notched a benchmark victory – 1,100.
Georgetown is just the fourth program to do so and has only been playing volleyball since 1980.
"It is inspiring to be part of setting marks at such a historic program," said GC Coach Nick Griffin. "Legendary and Hall of Fame Coach (Donna) Hawkins built this and to be able to continue it is an honor.
"The win more importantly puts us into the second day of our conference tournament and keeps in focus our goals we still have to accomplish this season."
The No. 14 Tigers (30-9) will face Campbellsville at noon in the semifinals Saturday at the MidAmerican Sports Center in Louisville.
The winner of that game meeting the winner of the 10 am St. Catharine-Lindsey Wilson semifinal at 5 pm that same night.
This was the third, straight-set win over the RedStorm (14-16) but it was a battle all the way. Despite hitting above .300 in the first two sets, GC managed just four-point edges when it was done.
"Rio is a scrappy team and will not quit," Griffin said. "We knew we were in for a fight, but defensively we held them down and that is where the difference was."
Set one Rio had 13 kills, but hit just .086. GC had 12, but had a game-high .357. RedStorm had their hitting high with .154 in the second set, but Georgetown had a game-high 17 kills in that to weather the storm and take the advantage.
It was all Tigers in set three 13 total kills and a third meeting with CU.
Allyson Wilbourn led with match-tying high 10 kills. Caraline Maher added nine, while Rachel Eubanks and Kathryn Smith each had seven.
GC also had 20 blocks on the night and 41 digs. Corri Muha had six of the blocks to go along with her six kills. Courtney Grafton had 14 digs, while Lindsey Martindale led the way with 19 assists.
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