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It was a lively block party Friday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. Volleyball finished the week 2-0, improving to 5-2 in the Mid-South Conference and 10-9 overall. The Tigers exacted a little revenge in beating defending league tournament champions Shawnee State University (5-11, 2-2) in three straight games, 26-24, 25-11, 25-9.
GC had 17 blocks, one solo block, in the victory behind four block assists by Alyssa Elmore.
Game one was a back and forth battle that SSU pushed ahead 24-23, one point from winning the first game.
"We implemented a new offensive scheme, running two setters in Stephanie Gurren and Liz Goodin, so in that first game we just had some miscues," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We just wanted a second to settle down. We did and it all clicked from there."
GC came out and put the next three points away for the 26-24 win and never looked back. The tandem setters allowed Goodin to be freed up to as a hitter more often. The senior had six kills on 12 attempts with just two errors for a .333 hitting percentage and added 21 assists, five digs, a solo block and two block assists.
Gurren had 17 assists, two service aces and three digs.
"She played really well tonight," Griffin said of Gurren. "She is working hard and coming along in the system, doing whatever the team needs her to do."
In recent weeks, the freshman has been earning time as a defensive specialist and now moved back into a setter position.
"Only one of my hitters was below .300 for the match," Griffin said. "We had a good week this week as far as putting wins together and taking care of business inside the conference. We have one more home match before heading to Florida for the Embry-Riddle Tournament where we will face three Top 10 teams."
The Tigers host University of Virginia College at Wise 7 pm Tuesday.