|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (12-1, 3-1)||25||23||21||29||1|
|Georgetown College (17-2, 7-0)||22||25||25||31||3|
|Davis-Reid Alumni Gym,|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||Indv. Leaders||Georgetown College|
|#7 Grace Blomstedt - 16||Kills||#4 Caroline Ricks - 18|
|#6 Carolynne Silva - 2||Blocks||#15 Ashlee Howe - 5|
|#2 Caitlyn Tino - 31||Digs||#8 Courtney Grafton - 24|
|2 Players (#2,#11) - 1||Aces||2 Players (#8,#13) - 1|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||Team Statistics||Georgetown College|
GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson volleyball team suffered its first loss of the 2016 season on Thursday night as the second-ranked Blue Raiders fell on the road to No. 10-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 31-29) in the NAIA Match of the Week, presented by Stretch Internet, at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
After taking the opening set, the Blue Raiders (12-1, 3-1 Mid-South Conference) let a late lead slip away in the second set that allowed the Tigers (17-2, 7-0 MSC) to capture the set and the momentum to close out the match in the next three frames.
With the victory, Georgetown extends its winning streak to 12-straight matches and is now the lone unbeaten team in Mid-South Conference play. The loss snaps a streak of 13-straight, true road victories for the Blue Raiders dating back to last season.
Lindsey Wilson outhit Georgetown on the night .229 to .219, but the Tigers were able to grab the points when they mattered most during the pivotal moments of the sets. In the back-and-forth affair, Lindsey Wilson never built more than a three-point lead in any set.
There was minimal separation in the opening set between the two squads as the largest lead was just three points by the Blue Raiders at the 8-5 mark. Georgetown doubled up Lindsey Wilson with a 6-3 run to tie the set at 11-11, and the remainder of the set was separated by two points or less. The Tigers then took their first lead since it was 1-0 after an ace by Courtney Grafton made it 17-16. With the frame tied 20-20, the Blue Raiders focused in and went on a 4-1 run to set up set point. Leading 24-22, a loose ball scramble at the net saw Eileen Acuna smash the ball down and give Lindsey Wilson the 25-22 set win.
Lindsey Wilson hit just .189 in the first set but was able to hold Georgetown to a .109 mark.
Set two mirrored the opening set as it was another tightly contested affair with little separation.
The Tigers took an early 3-2 lead, but the Blue Raiders battled back and eventually took a 13-10 lead, matching their largest of the night. Lindsey Wilson was unable to shake Georgetown from its heels as the Tigers closed the game and eventually took their second lead of the set at 19-18.
Tied at 20-20, the Blue Raiders jumped ahead 23-21 and needed just two points to go up 2-0 on their conference rival. But Georgetown responded with four-straight points, all via kills, to steal the set away 25-23 and even the match at 1-1.
Lindsey Wilson improved to a .278 hitting mark in the second set but it was outmatched by the Tigers who hit for .324.
The third set saw the Tigers jump all over the Blue Raiders early, taking a 9-4 lead right out of the gate. Lindsey Wilson trimmed that lead down to one at 11-10 and 12-11, but the Tigers answered with four-straight points to make it 16-11. Georgetown kept Lindsey Wilson at a safe distance, eventually pushing it to six at 23-17 before finally closing it at 25-21 to go up 2-1 and send the Blue Raiders to a fourth set for just the second time all season.
Georgetown outhit Lindsey Wilson .290 to .162 as the Blue Raiders struggled with the excellent blocking abilities of the Tiger front line in set three.
The fourth set came down to the wire once again, with six set points being fought off including a pair of match points.
Lindsey Wilson led early but was never able to build more than a three point cushion. Georgetown did not lead until it was 12-11. Lindsey Wilson retook the lead and again built that three point cushion as late as 20-17. But another string of four-straight points saw the Tigers back out front 21-20. Tied at 23-23, a kill by Elly Burke gave the Blue Raiders their first chance to force a fifth and decisive set. But every time Lindsey Wilson attempted to close it out, Georgetown had an answer as the set went tied at 24-24, 25-25, 26-26 and again at 27-27. The Tigers then had match point twice, but a pair of blocks down the stretch kept Lindsey Wilson alive, tying the match again at 28-28 and 29-29. Georgetown then took the momentum back and captured the next two points to win the set 31-29 and take the match 3-1.
The Blue Raiders were led by Grace Blomstedt who racked up a career high 16 kills from her middle blocker position. She had gone into double-digit kills just once before in her career. Acuna added a double-double, her third of the season with 14 kills and 10 digs. Burke just missed out on double digit kills with nine. Makenzie Montano recorded a season-high 48 assists while Caitlyn Tino and Alexa Just each had a season high in digs, Tino with 31 and Just with 12.
Georgetown was led by Caroline Ricks with 18 kills, one of four Tigers with double-digit kills along with Jenny Howell (16), Jessica Tapp (14) and Ashlee Howe (10).
Next up for the Blue Raiders is a match with Shawnee State (Ohio) on Saturday at Biggers Sports Center at 11 a.m. CT.