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Georgetown College's volleyball team had a solid final week in regular season and at the conference tournament. The Tigers (20-17) played with a lot of heart and energy, never giving up.
Unfortunately, they came up just short in the finals against Lindsey Wilson College Sunday, ending their hopes of a 12th tournament title and return to the national tournament.
The go-all-out attitude was most evident in the semifinals against Campbellsville University. After already defeating CU four days prior in Campbellsville in five games, Georgetown needed every ounce of heart and grit Saturday evening.
"I just had a sense that this was not going to end in three games," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "There is too much history between our two programs to end that way."
CU made it interesting, taking the first two games and even holding five match points. GC got the serve back down 24-20. Held serve for the next four points before siding out. The teams traded sideouts, meaning Georgetown twice more denied match points, before taking the serve and scoring two points for the 28-26 win.
The Tigers roared from there to advance to the finals for the 13th straight season. However, they met a very stiff Lindsey team. GC fought in that match as well. After falling behind 2-0 in games again, and facing a deficit in game three, found an offensive rhythm to force game four.
The Blue Raiders came out and opened an 18-12 advantage. But, Georgetown was not ready to see the season end. The team clawed back into the game. Unfortunately, in the end could not overcome LWC.
On the road to the semifinals, the Tigers took care of business in a quick three-game match over Shawnee State.
For the season, GC struggled in matches that went four or more games. The Tigers were 1-5 in four-game matches and 4-7 in five-game matches, two of those wins coming in the final week of the season. Most of their wins came in straight-games, 15-5.
Georgetown players earned several postseason recognitions as well. Senior Liz Goodin earned All-MSC First-Team as well as freshman Ally Wilbourn. Wilbourn was also co-Freshman of the Year.
Goodin, Kelsey Luckett, Caitlyn Kogge and Rebekah Moore were named to the MSC All-Academic team for maintaining a 3.25 grade point average of higher. Goodin, Luckett and Kogge will also earn NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors for holding 3.5 GPA or higher.