COLUMBIA, Ky. – The No. 22-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball team won its home opener on Friday night, topping No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) by a 3-1 margin at Biggers Sports Center.
With the 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21) victory, the Blue Raiders (14-2, 3-0 MSC) extended their current winning streak this season to 10 matches and also captured their 22nd-consecutive victory in conference play dating back to Nov. 6, 2012
To begin the action, Lindsey Wilson and Georgetown (11-4, 4-1 MSC) played a neck-and-neck first set that was knotted up as late as 13-13 following a pair of kills by Sarah Anderson and one by Yeniffer Ramirez.
Following a Tiger timeout, the Blue Raiders closed out the opening set by going on a 12-6 run to secure the 25-19 win. During that stretch, Ramirez recorded four kills while Sarah Shilling added two.
Georgetown responded in the second set, breaking the late 22-22 tie to claim a 25-23 victory to knot up things at one set apiece. The Tigers hit .333 during the set, overcoming a .367 performance by the Blue Raiders during that game. Caraline Maher tallied the decisive kill for Georgetown.
The third set saw the Blue Raiders jump out to a 13-5 lead over the Tigers. The lead would be enough despite both squads struggling offensively as Lindsey Wilson hit just .172 in the set, but took advantage of a .111 showing by the Tigers, including seven errors, to emerge victorious by a 25-17 score.
To wrap up the showdown between top-25 teams, the Blue Raiders closed out the night with a .355 hitting percentage with 15 kills to seal the match in the fourth set, 25-21, punctuated by Ramirez's 19th kill.
On the night, Lindsey Wilson finished with a .304 team hitting percentage while limiting the Tigers to .235.
For the Blue Raiders, Ramirez totaled a match-high and season-high 19 kills to go along with eight digs. Freshman Makenzie Montano tallied a season-best 45 assists to pace all players and also had 10 digs. Shilling chipped in 13 kills as part of a .500 hitting performance, and Nadelina Nesheva had a dozen kills as well as four service aces. Caitlyn Tino led Lindsey Wilson with 13 digs.
Lauren Schneidtmiller posted 13 kills and 10 digs for Georgetown. Lindsey Martindale had 24 assists, and Maher finished with 12 kills. Allyson Wilbourn also had double-digit kills as she ended the night with 10.
Earlier in the night, the Lindsey Wilson junior varsity squad fell to Georgetown, 2-0 (19-25, 20-25). Morgan Johnson and Kalie Winkler each tallied six kills while Katie Koper had 16 digs in the match. The team combined for six service aces on the night.
The Blue Raiders return to action on Tuesday when they host MSC opponent Cumberlands (Ky.) with first serve scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.