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There are rare moments in postseason when a team can lose and still be playing. Georgetown College volleyball picked one of those times to have an off night. It happened Thursday in the final match of pool play in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation.
The No. 12 Tigers (35-10) faced off with No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) with both teams knowing they already secured spots in Friday's single-elimination tournament.
The Eagles (26-2) came out strong and finished the match in straight sets, 25-10, 25-18, 25-12. It is only the third time this season, the Tigers have fallen in straight sets.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse will be holding a preseason camp Saturday, Feb. 1 at Toyota Stadium. Athletes ninth through 12th graders are invited to attend. All experience is welcome and players will be divided up into groups from beginners to advanced.
In addition to four hours of instruction with Brandon Davis, head coach for the Tigers' new program, players will have a sports nutrition session with the GC athletic training staff and a question and answer session on recruiting.
Georgetown College volleyball has won 21 matches in straight sets, but the past five wins have been four sets or more. Heading into the Mid-South Conference semifinals, the No. 12 Tigers had not rallied from a 2-1 sets deficit. Now they have done it three times, the most critical to date happened Wednesday in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation Pool Play B.
In order to secure continued play after the round robin portion, Georgetown (35-9) needed a win over Trinity Christian College. The Trolls (37-9) opened up winning sets one and three, but the Tigers fought back for the 20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10 win. They even needed a rally in set five to clinch it.
"This is tournament play," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "Seeing matches go the distance isn't a surprise, I'm just glad we've gotten a few rally wins down the stretch. We have the confidence that we are never out of a match."
Georgetown College volleyball stormed out, catching No. 13 Park University off guard in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation Pool Play B. However, No. 12 Tigers (34-9) needed a decisive set after the Pirates (34-6) erased a 2-0 deficit to settled the matter 25-19, 25-22, 10-25, 22-25, 15-11.
"We knew this would be a challenge," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "I think the quick two set lead put us at ease, but we battled back and got a very important win to start this week off."
A point of emphasis in success against Park was shutting down the nation's leading hitter Wanesse Siqueira. The junior is averaging 4.5 kills per game and was 15 shy of tallying 600 in this season alone. Georgetown held her to just 12 kills in five sets – a 2.4 kill per set average. She had two kills in set one, while hitting negative percentage – a first this season. Starting with the month of October, the Rio de Janeiro native is averaging 17.1 kills per match.
Georgetown College men's basketball's woes on the road against Life University continued Monday night. The No. 1 Tigers (9-1) struggled to contain the Running Eagles (7-5) and lost for the first time this season, 119-109.
Life had seven of its nine players in double figures, led by Latraius Mosley's game-high 33. GC led twice in the first half and tied it up once in the second, but could never grab a strong hold against a team it see-sawed with back on Nov. 17 in the championship game of the Central Bank Jim Reid Classic. Only four Tigers tallied double-digits of the eight players to score.
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