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Georgetown College's volleyball team splits its matches again Saturday in the 6th Annual Boneyard Brawl. The Tigers fought against No. 11 Taylor University in their first match of the day, but lost in three, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19. However, just like Friday, GC bounced back for a 25-17, 25-15, 25-18 win over Freed-Hardeman to wrap up the tournament.
"That's one thing I've really enjoyed about this team," GC coach Nick Griffin said. "The way they respond after a loss, their hunger and desire to pushes them to put themselves in a position to win."
The second-year coach knows the Boneyard is regionally one of the most difficult tournaments. This year the Tigers played host to nine teams from six different states with six teams in the Top 25 or receiving votes.
"A tournament like this helps us to push toward the end and get us ready for our conference tournament," the second-year coach said. "When you play strong teams it allows you to go back to practice with some purpose and knowledge that this is what we need to work on going into the postseason."
Griffin was pleased to see how his team battled against Taylor and felt his team was right there in the first two games. Game three slipped away a little from the Tigers, but it is all a learning experience for this youthful group.
"Taylor is a very good, very talented and experienced team," Griffin said. "There is a reason why they are ranked as high as they are. When we played well, when we tested them, they've been in that situation before and were able to withstand everything we gave them."
Georgetown finished the weekend on a high by taking care of Freed-Hardeman. Griffin said his team did exactly what it needs to do to be successful - play solid defense and pass and serve well.
The Tigers have one more regular season match, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bellarmine, before the Mid-South Conference begins. GC is the East Divisional champion and shares the overall title with Shawnee State. Both teams go into the tournament as top seeds in their brackets, however, several more conference matches this week will help to determine how the rest of each bracket looks.