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The Mid-South Conference volleyball title returns to its long-time home. Georgetown College mounted a phenomenal comeback against No. 9 Lindsey Wilson College (36-4). The No. 15 Tigers trailed 2-1 in sets heading into the fourth set. The Blue Raiders had won both regular season meetings 3-1 after dropping set one in each match.
However, GC was not to be denied Saturday in MidAmerican Sports Center. Freshman Courtney Grafton served her team into a 13-1 lead and the Tigers never looked back in leveling the match. They see-saw battled in the fifth, but eventually took control and won 25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 25-11, 15-11.
"This feels awesome," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We lost that third set, but with the score wiped clean I just wanted them to go out and fight. We took a solid fourth set lead, and I couldn't be prouder of these young ladies."
Rachel Eubanks held nothing back. The junior tallied a match-high 17 kills on 45 swings and just four errors. Fellow juniors Caraline Maher and Allyson Wilbourn backed that up with 14 kills with above .300 hitting percentages each.
Grafton had six aces and 30 digs to help squelch the potent Lindsey offense.
Each set the Tigers hit above .300 they won, while they struggled in sets two and three to a .193 and .125 percentages respectively.
Set one was tight until Kristen Schellhaas served for five points – highlighted by two kills and an ace – to give GC breathing room. Eubanks ended it with her third kill of the match.
The Blue Raiders took a good lead in set two following four points on serve. They even held a 24-18 advantage, when GC rallied back to make them sweat.
Lindsey Martindale served and Wilbourn tallied three straight kills and Eubanks one to deny five set points. Lindsey called time out, regrouped and finished to level the match.
Sarah Anderson tallied six kills in the third, while GC had two receiving errors, two ballhandling errors and a blocking error in the largest set win for LWC.
After helping GC open the enormous lead, Grafton also served the final point in set four. Leading 24-11, the freshman served and with a set by Martindale senior Kathryn Smith tallied one of her 10 kills for the point that force the decisive set.
The Blue Raiders responded, opening the fifth with three straight service points. The Tigers didn't panic and slowly fought back. They took a brief 6-5 lead that then led to a pair of ties before a Muha kill put GC ahead for good.
Georgetown took a three-point lead and kept slowly adding to it until Wilbourn's 14th kill set up match point. LWC did not fade away, staving off match point for one more serve. However, Martindale set up Maher this time and the title was Georgetown's again.
The Tigers had not lost in the MSC Tournament until 2010. Newcomer Shawnee State took the title that year and the past two seasons Lindsey Wilson has been the victor. This is Georgetown's 15th MSC Volleyball Tournament Title.