Stephanie Gurren served up two aces Friday against Shawnee State. GC won in three, 26-25, 25-11, 25-9. Photo by Richard Davis
Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 30, 2011
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.
Offensively, the Tigers hit .344 as a team behind nine
kills by Kelsey Luckett and Allyson Wilbourn. Alyssa Elmore added seven kills,
while Caraline Maher had six.
"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