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Tigers Claw Out Five Set Win Over Bears

Submitted on September 11, 2019

Georgetown College Volleyball is finding its rhythm and putting things together when it matters. In the Tigers (7-8, 1-1) second straight Mid-South Conference road match, they needed all five sets and extended points in the final set to pull off a victory Tuesday night in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Host Shawnee State University took the first set, but GC put the Bears (3-13, 1-3) on their heels by taking the next two. SSU forced a fifth set, but pulling out a victory in the fourth before falling 23-25, 25-22, 25-11, 22-25, 21-19.

"Jessica Tapp and McKayla Bozman set the ball on fire tonight," said GC coach Felicia Pace. "I'm so proud of the team for sticking together and pulling out the win."

GC has won four of the last five matches and seven out of the past 10.

Tapp led Tuesday with 18 kills, while Bozman had 17 and Ashton Meckle finished with 12. Brianna Cathers had 57 assists and Samantha Lincoln (24) led five Tigers in double-digit digs. The sophomore also had three aces.

It was back and forth in set one, but in set two Georgetown found a solid hold with Lexi Gatewood serving. The team picked up three points, taking a one-point edge out to four and never was really close again.

Set three was all Tigers. They scored 13 of the first 14 points, Lincoln doing the serving during the longest run of the match. Two of her three aces were in the eight-point run.

The Bears were able to grab early three and five point leads in set four to equalize the match, sending into a fifth set. SSU used the momentum and roared out to a 5-0 edge. GC chipped away, still trailed five on the changeover (8-3). Then got down 10-5 when the light switched on for Georgetown. The visitors scored 10 of the next 14 points to keep the set alive and finished it out by erasing two match points for the win.

Georgetown is back in action 7:00 pm Thursday when they host University of Pikeville.

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