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Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 1, 2017

Leading by example is key and senior Caroline Ricks made it clear in the Georgetown College volleyball's opening match Friday. Ricks, with the Tigers up 2-0 in the match and leading 11-3 in set three, chased a free ball, dove and pancaked (flat hand on the floor ball bounces off top of the hand) it back into action. Jenny Howell finished the point several minutes later as the Tigers (1-0) rolled 25-14, 25-7, 25-14.

"I was ready to go for this match," Ricks said. "We've waited a long time for this. It was important to me that I was giving my all and even better it was motivating to see how we all were clicking and working hard together."

GC had to cancel its first four matches of the year this past weekend due to Hurricane Harvey. So while some teams, like opponent Bryan College, had already played five or six matches, GC is just starting. The Lions fall to 1-6 on the season and managed just 14 kills with a negative hitting percentage for the game.

"We have had an unusual start to the season, but I'm so pleased to see these ladies did not let it affect them," said Tiger coach Christina Coleman. "We had some slow moments, but nothing you don't expect for the start of a season especially with so many new pieces."

Georgetown has three seniors, two returning juniors with a junior transfer, seven sophomores and three freshmen. The team has been bitten by the injury bug three times – junior setter Sarah Bell, junior Erin Kearney and sophomore hitter Sarah Snyder. However, they came together and rolled through match one.

Ricks finished with nine kills on 14 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Howell finished with a match high 12 kills on 19 swings and a .526 hitting percentage. Ashton Meckle exploded in the second set for five kills and finished with eight. Freshman Kim Bailey enjoyed her first college match with seven kills, no errors, 10 swings for a .700 hitting percentage.

Transfer Kassidy Rauh had 34 assists, three kills and eight digs, stepping up in the setter position for Bell.

The Tigers conclude day one of the Southeastern Challenge against University of Mobile 9 pm EST.


 

 
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