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There are rare moments in postseason when a team can lose and still be playing. Georgetown College volleyball picked one of those times to have an off night. It happened Thursday in the final match of pool play in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation.
The No. 12 Tigers (35-10) faced off with No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) with both teams knowing they already secured spots in Friday's single-elimination tournament.
The Eagles (26-2) came out strong and finished the match in straight sets, 25-10, 25-18, 25-12. It is only the third time this season, the Tigers have fallen in straight sets.
Georgetown's potent offense, third in the nation in total kills (2,120)and 27th in kills per game (13.1), was held to just 18 total in the three sets – seven below the per game average.
The Tigers started off by hitting .182 with seven kills. In the best set of the night, Georgetown hit negative .059 with six kills. The team finished with five kills and a .000 percentage in set three.
The Eagles, defending national champions, fared much better with 39 kills and finished with a .286 hitting percentage.
Georgetown's triple threat of Caraline Maher (4), Allyson Wilbourn (5) and Rachel Eubanks (3) combine for 12 of the team's kills, but the offensive rhythm was off most of the night.
However, GC showed its spirit not going quietly and constantly battling. Courtney Grafton turned in a game-high nine digs and the team collectively had 13 blocks.
Good news for the Tigers is that the match is over and the season is still going. They will play in Friday morning's session, looking to advance into the quarterfinals that same evening. Match time and opponent are not yet known, but start times are set for 11 am or 1:30 pm for the early matches and 6:45 and 9 pm for the quarterfinals.