The Georgetown College volleyball team has been pretty lights out this season, especially with a 15-2 record at home. Before last Thursday, GC had been on a three game winning streak. But on Halloween, the Tigers traveled to Columbia, Ky. to take on Lindsey Wilson, and ended up losing in four sets.
Although the weather was nasty outside, both teams had to try to focus all of their attention on the match. The No. 20 Tigers (27-9 overall record, 13-3 Mid South Conference) battled against the very tough No. 9 Blue Raiders (31-2, 16-0), and lost with the scores of 24-26, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-18.
At first, Georgetown was going strong. They started the evening up with an 11-3 lead on the home team. Even though Lindsey Wilson came back on top during that set, the Tigers won the first set. They found great success, even having a hitting percentage of .270 compared to Lindsey Wilson’s .045.
Unfortunately for Georgetown, the next sets were a little difficult. As a result, the home team found much success even scoring six straight points. At the end of the match, the Tigers only had a hitting of .184 compared to the .216 of the Blue Raiders.
Several GC players had some individual success. Two different players had double-digit kills. Emily Weber mustered 14 kills, along with a hitting percentage of .429, both Georgetown highs of the day. Caraline Maher also had some individual success. She was able to record 11 kills on the night.
Lindsey Wilson, on the other hand, had three different players with kills in the double-digits. Nadelina Nesheva had 14, Kailey Moorhead had 13, and Taylor Hayne finished the night with 10.
Georgetown coach Nick Griffin hopes this loss can be a learning experience for his team. He said “Serve and serve receive hurt, coupled with hitters being a bit off, and that isn’t a good recipe against a top opponent. We [must] learn and make this final push. Every match is about learning and improving yourself. Hopefully we will do that” (georgetowncollegeathletics.com).
The Lady Tigers look to find themselves on the winning side of the scorecard at Bluefield College on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.