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Volleyball - Thu, Dec. 3, 2009

Sioux City, Iowa -  The Georgetown College Tigers live to play another day with a 3-0 win over Columbia College on Wednesday in the NAIA National Championship.

Sioux City, Iowa -  The Georgetown College Tigers live to play another day with a 3-0 win over Columbia College on Wednesday in the NAIA National Championship.

The Tigers now wait to find out who and when they will play in Friday morning's single elimination round.

Georgetown improved to 42-3 on the year and immediately took control of the match, hitting a .556 in the first set and setting the tone with a 25-19 win.  "We were able to shut them down  and it was just amazing," said head coach Nick Griffin.

Griffin was proud of the way they his squad started out after Tuesday's disappointing loss to Lee University.

"Coming back from the loss with that kind of determination was huge," said Griffin, leading a team in the national tournament in his first year as a head coach. "We came out on fire and everything we did we did well."

Columbia came back in game two and was more accurate in hitting with a .368 percentage, but the Tigers held on to win 27-25.  The last set ended the match with the same way it started and by the same score, 25-19.

Seniors Allie Bertke and Erica Janszen led all hitters with 14 kills each, while senior middle blockers Kristy Hock and Cassie Moore added six each.

"It was a total team effort," said an excited Griffin.  "Our serve and receive was on, our hitters were accurate and Amanda (Philpot) was able to direct the offense.  We just clicked."

Philpot, the Tigers' freshman setter (shown above, photo courtesy of Richard Davis), finished the match with 33 assists.

 
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