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Georgetown College volleyball roared to a home and conference-opening win Wednesday over St. Catharine.
Two rookies led the way as Caraline Maher and Allyson Wilbourn had 12 and nine kills respectively in the 25-15, 25-14, 25-22 victory. GC (2-6) is coming off a brutal two week stretch of playing five ranked opponents and another that had advanced to the national tournament a season ago. The Tigers only other win this season came in straight games as well.
"I'm not worried about our record," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We are playing the right teams. The team is coming together , and the chemistry is building on the court.
"This past weekend, against two ranked opponents, we jumped out to leads. We had an opportunity to finish, but we didn't. Tonight's match helps me to prove that we're headed in the right direction. Our freshman are becoming more comfortable and gaining confidence."
SCC (10-2) came in on a three-match win streak. The Patriots kept things close in the early going of game one and two, and in game three kept battling back. GC led 18-12, when SCC rolled off a 7-1 run for a 19-19 match. Maher hit one of her kills to curtail that push and give the Tigers control to regain breathing room.
Georgetown scored the next three points for a 22-19 advantage and then despite several more sideouts eventually took the win25-22.
The Tigers return to action this weekend in their third straight tournament, this time at home. The 3rd Annual Rumpke Invitational begins 2:30 pm Friday with matches also set for 5 and 7:30 pm. Action begins again Saturday at 10 am with matches also at 12:30 and 3 pm.