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Georgetown College's volleyball team opened the 2011 season with back-to-back matches Friday at St. Ambrose University's Early Bird Tournament.
The Tigers (1-1) split their opening matches. Third-year coach Nick Griffin's youthful team dropped a four-game match to Ashford, 14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, to open the season.
"We played so well at times, but we just have to work on consistency," Griffin said. "In the second game things were clicking. However, we relaxed for a few moments and Ashford was able to pull off a close win."
The Tigers took control and won the third game, but could not force a deceive game five in a 25-19 loss.
Three of the four rookies were solid contributors for Griffin in the first match. Rachel tied the team-high 10 kills and added two blocks, while fellow freshmen Stephanie Gurren had six assists, Allyson Wilbourn had a team-high three blocks and Caraline Maher had two blocks.
Georgetown had little time to think or worry about that loss with a second match against Benedictine. GC rolled in straight games for that match, 25-10, 25-13, 25-9.
Eubanks led in kills again in the second match with five, while Maher and Kathryn Smith added three each. Goodin had 19 assists, while Gurren and Wilbourn added three each. Luckett led with five digs. Moore and Wise added four each. Maher led with five blocks and Wilbourn had three. Luckett, Wise and Gurren all had three aces against Benedictine.
The Tigers have a tough schedule for the second day of the tournament, facing ranked opponents Missouri Baptist and host St. Ambrose.
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