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Georgetown College volleyball bounced back from a pair of setbacks Friday for four-set wins Saturday in the Boneyard Brawl. The No. 17 Tigers (23-9) opened with a 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23 over No. 14 Davenport (25-7) and followed that with 25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14 over Bryan College (20-8), which is receiving votes.
"This tournament is so tough and I was really proud of the mental toughness we showed today," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We had Caroline (Ricks) back which was good, but it took a lot mentally to just come back in a difficult tournament such as this."
In order to even be invited to the Boneyard Brawl, teams must have played at the national tournament. All six teams were in the coaches' poll or at least receiving votes.
Georgetown College volleyball came out a little flat early against No. 13 Columbia College in the nightcap of day one in the Boneyard Brawl. The No. 19 Tigers roared to life though and made the Cougars scrap for a 25-14, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16 win.
"We are looking for a rhythm with two of our hitters out," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "You play all season and chemistry is coming along nicely, then the injury bug hits. We have to learn to play through that and this will make us only that much stronger when we are full strength."
One thing you can count on this weekend at the Boneyard Brawl, none of these teams will fade away. All teams are ranked or receiving votes and this is the final tune-up for most before postseason play begins in the next few weeks.
Georgetown College's first match against No. 9 Viterbo might be exactly what fans can see the first week of December in Iowa. The No. 17 Tigers (21-8) led and were sitting on set point, when the V-Hawks (30-4) scored eight of the final nine points for 27-25 victory. VU won in three 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, but Georgetown held control late in two of the three sets.
"When we are up against a team like Viterbo, we have to put them away," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We played well enough at times, but didn't finish."
Georgetown College volleyball had to wait a day, but the No. 17 Tigers took care of business Wednesday against University of the Cumberlands in a Mid-South Conference match.
Freshman Jenny Howell had a break out match with 10 kills and three digs in the 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 win in Williamsburg. Senior Ally Wilbourn also had 10 kills and finished with a .318 hitting percentage.
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.
|(10) Lindsey Wilson at||7:00pm|
|Cumberland Univ. at||7:00pm|
|(17) Georgetown at||7:00pm|
|Shawnee State University||EST|
|(14) Davenport University at||1|
|(RV) Bryan College at||1|