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Georgetown College volleyball picked up another straight-set conference win by dropping University of Pikeville, 25-17, 25-5, 25-22 Friday evening.
UPike (13-13, 1-10 MSC) came out playing loose against the No. 17 Tigers (20-7, 9-1). The Bears opened set one by lead 5-2, but when Caroline Ricks angle blocked a passing shot it was 6-6 and the Tigers took control.
Maddie Kunkel helped to give GC breathing room and forced UPike into its first timeout up 12-9. The Bears got the ball back out of the break, but immediately sidedout. Kristen Schellhaas then put Georgetown up 15-10. GC scored 10 of the next 17 points and secured the set lead.
The Tigers scored points in bunches and were never threatened in set two as Lindsey Martindale served the final seven points, capped off with a Ricks' kill.
Georgetown College volleyball went 3-1 in the Crusader Classic this past weekend. While the three wins are exciting, it was the one loss that takes top billing. For the second straight year, the No. 17 Tigers (19-7) battled Texas at Brownsville – one of the nation's best teams and current defending national champions. GC took No. 2 UTB to a five-set thriller, just coming up short 18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 16-18.
"I was really proud of the team," said Tiger coach Nick Griffin. "Lots of teams are intimidated when playing Brownsville, but the past two meetings we've shown no fear.
"Ally (Wilbourn) had been having a phenomenal tournament to that point, but she cranked it up another notch. We ran our system and set Brownsville on their heels a bit. I think this will be a match we look back on to say it started here."
Wilbourn tallied 19 kills on 39 swings against UTB. It was her third double-digit kill match of the weekend, helping her earn all-tournament. The senior hit .382 with 49 kills on 102 swings with just 10 errors.
Winning in Springfield is not always the easiest of tasks, but Georgetown College volleyball went in very focused Tuesday night against St. Catharine College – currently receiving votes in the national coaches' poll.
The No. 17 Tigers (19-7) improved to 8-1 in the Mid-South Conference with a straight-set win, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18, over the Patriots (21-8, 7-3).
Senior Allyson Wilbourn continued her hot hitting streak she started this past weekend in the Crusader Classic. She followed up her 19 kills and .325 hitting percentage against No. 2 Texas at Brownsville, with 14 kills on 25 swings and a .520 hitting percentage. Ashlee Howe was nearly perfect with seven kills on nine swings and no errors for a .778 percentage.
Georgetown College volleyball found the offensive rhythm again in a straight set win over Campbellsville University in a Mid-South Conference road tilt Tuesday night. While the tornados were rolling through Georgetown, the No. 19 Tigers (15-6, 7-1 MSC) were creating a storm in Campbellsville, 25-12, 25-21, 25-19.
"We served and passed so well last night," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "I was really proud of how the team responded. We were without Lindsey (Martindale) and to see the way Stephanie (Gurren) stepped up was tremendous."
Gurren dished out 34 assists as Martindale sat out with illness. Her previous three-set high for this season was 18 and her career three-set high is 37 – sophomore year against Shawnee State.
Day two of the Taylor University-Indiana Wesleyan University Crossover volleyball tournament was a set of heartbreaking losses for No. 14 Georgetown College. The Tigers (14-6) dropped both matches Saturday in five sets.
Point Park (15-10) pulled out the thriller in the afternoon, 21-25, 25-21, 16-25, 29-27, 15-13. Co-host IWU (16-4) also rallied in its 19-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-14, 15-8 victory. Georgetown did not have its best hitting day – .113 with a total of 63 hitting errors.
"It was a tough day, one that we need to learn from," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "You can't give good teams that many chances and expect to win. Even still we could have pulled those matches out. When we have leads, we need to close it out."
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