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Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 2, 2017

To some, just getting to play a second volleyball match the first weekend in September, might feel like playing catch up. For Georgetown College's team, the women are taking it all in stride and just ready to play.

The No. 19 Tigers (2-0) capped off their first day of action playing University of Mobile, receiving votes in the national poll. The Rams (8-2) started their season with eight straight wins before losing straight matches to a pair of Mid-South Conference teams at the Southeastern Challenge in Columbia, Ky.

Georgetown handed UM a 25-11, 25-18, 25-19 setback. GC showed grit, patience and tenacity behind a trio of senior leaders mixed with youthful energy.

Senior hitters Jenny Howell, team-high 11 kills, and Caroline Ricks, 10 kills, had big moments to turn back the tide and erase small deficits against Mobile. Ricks ended the match with an ace, giving her five for the season. Senior defensive specialist Gracen Howard helped to provide stability in the back line one that has a lot of youthful talent with sophomore Madison Mudd and freshmen Lexie Gatewood and Haley Bergheger.

"It is a balanced effort with so many stepping up in big moments," said Tiger coach Christina Coleman. "In our first four games (winning in straight sets of match one and the first set of the second) we had never trailed, but in set two against Mobile we didn't blink when they got a lead. That's great to see when you think of how new this chemistry is."

Georgetown is playing without All-American setter Sarah Bell. However, junior transfer Kassidy Rauh has not missed a beat. She had 34 assists, eight digs and one kill against UM. In two matches, the California native is averaging 34 assists, 7.5 kills and two assists.

Sophomore Sarah Snyder, right side hitter, has also missed the first two games this season, but fellow sophomore Ashton Meckle is picking up the slack there.

Meckle burst on the scene in match one with five kills in the second set, eight overall. She added eight again in the night cap and blasted a team-high .571 hitting percentage. On her 14 swings, she had no errors. She also added two blocks and one assist.

Another sophomore is displaying her wide range as Jessica Tapp plays all the way around. Against the Rams, she had six kills, a team-high 11 digs and one ace.

Ricks and Howell also showed what they can do when they do not sub out after front line rotation. The pair combine for 17 of the teams 43 digs. Ricks had nine and Howell eight.

Georgetown returns to the court Saturday evening playing College of Coastal Georgia.

"This will be another test," Coleman said. "Coastal is also receiving votes and looking to catch the eyes of raters at this tournament hosted by Lindsey Wilson (College)."

The match is set for 7 pm EST. The Tigers will finish off the two-day event with a 9 pm match against Saint Thomas University.

 
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