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Georgetown College volleyball opened up its home schedule with a crushing straight set win Wednesday that also started Mid-South Conference action. The No. 11 Tigers (2-3, 1-0 MSC) handed rival Campbellsville University (2-2, 0-1) a 25-14, 25-17, 25-17 defeat.
CU came storming out in the third set, ready to fight for its life. However, sophomore Maddie Kunkel was as cool as ice. With her Tigers trailing 5-1, she stepped behind the line and put them ahead 7-5. Campbellsville made it interesting and it was back and forth until Kunkel returned to the service line. The sophomore served a couple more aces and gave Georgetown all the breathing room it needed to finish off the match.
Early in sets one and two it was the dynamic hitting of Caroline Ricks, Caraline Maher, Allyson Wilbourn and Lauren Schneidtmiller that kept CU at bay. The attack was coming from every direction and the solid defense of Lindsey Martindale, Stephanie Gurren, Kunkel and Courtney Grafton made it nearly impossible for Campbellsville to mount a rally.
"We are extremely balanced," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "Literally the scoring can come from every spot and there is no telling who will step up each match.
"It was good to get home and have a tough competitor as our first match in Davis-Reid. We went through a lot mentally with that schedule in Florida, but showed our toughness in our win against Oklahoma Baptist and now again tonight."
This kicks off a six-game home stand, including the weekend Rumpke Invitational. The Tigers will face Grace College (noon Friday), Olivet Nazarene University (6:45 pm Friday), Asbury University (11:45 am Saturday) and Marian University (4:15 pm Saturday).
The Rumpke goes all day as seven teams play four matches over two days in Davis-Reid and the George H. W. Bush Rec Center.