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Sioux City, Iowa - The Georgetown College Tigers are one step away from the school's first volleyball national championship after the Tigers defeated Lee University 3-2 in the semi-finals of the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament.Sioux City, Iowa - The Georgetown College Tigers are one step away from the school's first volleyball national championship after the Tigers defeated Lee University 3-2 in the semi-finals of the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament.
The Tigers will now face No. 1 Fresno Pacific in the title match at 9:00 p.m. EST tonight.
Sixth-seeded Georgetown went the distance with Lee, winning in
five sets, 25-16, 16-25, 25-11, 19-25, 15-9 and will be playing for
its first volleyball national title in 13 previous trips to the
national championship. First-year head coach Nick Griffin's Tigers
will put a 45-3 record on the line against two-time defending
national champion Fresno Pacific who are undefeated on the year at
Each set was dominated by either Georgetown or Lee, as there were only seven instances in which the match was tied and there were only two lead changes throughout the entire five-setter. In the decisive set, the Tigers went to senior Erica Janszen (shown above, photos courtesy of Richard Davis) to secure the win. She had four kills in the set and put the final point on the board for Georgetown. Lee was only able to record three kills and was held to a negative hitting percentage in the fifth set.
Not only was Janszen the go-to hitter in the final set, but throughout the entire match. She finished with her highest-kill showing in six matches played at the national championship with 22. Janszen also played a key role in the Georgetown's defensive effort with 19 digs. Fellow senior Allie Bertke recorded 13 kills for her third double-figure kill match in Sioux City and also had 15 digs. Amanda Philpot again directed the offense by handing out 44 assists. She guided the defense with 21 digs.
Lee's Kayla Carlisle had 11 kills and Milica Krsmanovic had a 10-kill performance in the loss. Teaming together to guide the offense were Gretchen Higdon and Kelsey Leffew with 19 and 16 assists, respectively. Stephanie Todd had a match-high 23 digs.