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Georgetown College women's and men's basketball teams tip it up Saturday in the Lace It Up 4 Pediatric Cancer games against Shawnee State University. At the same time, the Georgetown community will be celebrating Santa coming to town with its annual Christmas parade.
Fans this will not cause problems getting to the 2 or 4 pm games, however, leaving might be tricky. At this time we are advising those coming to the games to park in the gravel lot, the Hambrick lot (both off Military), the Pit (lot across from Hambrick on other side of Military), or off Jackson Street in order to be able to exit and avoid the blocked off roads and downtown traffic.
Georgetown College volleyball had a lot to figure out this season after graduating six valuable seniors from the 2015 team. The youthful crew did not need much time to establish a new chemistry, working the way up the rankings and eventually being as high as No. 8 for nearly a month. The No. 11 Tigers (29-10) had a streak of 13 straight wins, highlighted by a four-set home victory over then No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College.
Unfortunately a string of tough luck led to a surprising end Thursday afternoon. GC dropped its third match to No. 6 Eastern Oregon University, finishing the 2016 NAIA National Volleyball Championship pool play winless. The Mountaineers (31-2) won Pool F with a 25-16, 25-18, 26-24 win over Georgetown.
"Teams make it to Iowa for a reason and this was a tough year for us here," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We had a shot and that is all you can ask for. I'm very proud of the overall season we had and the things we accomplished for being so young."
Georgetown College volleyball had four match points for a three-set sweep of College of Coastal Georgia. The Mariners dug in, though, erased all four, won set three and then finished the comeback in a 16-25, 22-25, 31-29, 25-20, 15-12 win Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa. The loss all but ends the Tigers season. Eastern Oregon sits at 2-0 in Pool F, while Montana Tech and Coastal Georgia are both at 1-1. The latter two meet tomorrow in the last of round robin action and whichever wins will join No. 6 EOU in the round of 16 Friday.
The No. 11 Tigers (29-9) seemed to have it well in hand with a much improved kill to error ratio. However, in the third set the Mariners (30-9) found the push to keep fighting. Set four was a run away and once CG wrangled control in the decisive set five it was all over.
Coastal Georgia made good on its one match point.
Georgetown College and Shawnee State University always play in meaningful Mid-South Conference basketball games. However, Saturday's doubleheader will have an added importance. Both teams will be Lacing it Up 4 Pediatric Cancer, wearing gold shoe strings.
Women tip at 2 pm with the men to follow around 4 pm. Fans are encouraged to bring a toy to donate as the Tigers will deliver the extra Christmas gifts to an area pediatric cancer ward.
Bad news, Georgetown College volleyball was swept in the first match of the NAIA National Volleyball Championships. Good news, it was pool play. The No. 11 Tigers (29-8) must regroup and forge ahead with wins Wednesday and Thursday to hopefully extend their season into Friday's elimination rounds.
GC just never seemed to get a rhythm against No. 24 Montana Tech, falling 27-25, 25-22, 25-14.
Georgetown had its best shot at a momentum swing with a late push in set one. After trailing by five at one point and even four late in the set, the Tigers rallied to tie it at 16 all and eventually push ahead 24-22 for the first set points. MTT (24-9) erased three set points before grabbing its first at 26-25 and then finishing it off for the early match lead.
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