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LWC Volleyball Wins 23rd Straight

Blue Raiders keep their perfect Mid-South Conference record intact.
No. 10 LWC Volleyball sets program record with 23-consecutive wins in sweep of No. 16 Georgetown

By: Charlie Balcom

GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The No.10-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball team went on the road and swept No. 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-22) on Tuesday night at the Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

The Blue Raiders (27-2, 11-0 Mid-South Conference) have now won a program-record 23-consecutive matches, a streak that began earlier this season on Aug. 29.

The victory also gives Lindsey Wilson a commanding lead in the MSC standings, keeping the perfect 11-0 record intact while handing the Tigers their second conference loss of the year.

With the loss, Georgetown falls to 23-10 with a 10-2 mark in conference play.

The Blue Raiders started the match fast, jumping out to a 5-1 lead that forced a Georgetown timeout. The Tigers would attempt to claw their way back into the set, cutting the lead to one at 8-7.

A 6-1 run pushed the Blue Raider advantage to 14-8, forcing the Tigers to take another timeout. Lindsey Wilson continued to build their lead, reaching double digits at the 20-10 mark on a Sarah Anderson service ace. Georgetown committed a pair of costly service errors late, including at set point as the Blue Raiders cruised to a 25-15 opening set victory.

Lindsey Wilson hit .500 as a team in the first set while holding the Tigers to a .226 mark.

Set two saw Lindsey Wilson build another quick lead at 12-6.

At the 13-9 mark, the match then entered an even flow of two-point swings by each team. The Blue Raiders would score two-straight points to increase their lead to six, followed by Georgetown answering with two points of their own to cut the lead to four.

This point trend went on until the Tigers were finally able to cut the Lindsey Wilson lead to three at 21-18. The teams then exchanged single points until the Blue Raiders held a 23-20 advantage. A Georgetown attacking error followed by a ball-handling error gave Lindsey Wilson the 25-20 set two victory.

The second set saw a closer hitting percentage between the teams as the Blue Raiders hit .297 and the Tigers hit .256.

Set three saw the Blue Raiders continue their early success as they built a 9-4 lead, forcing Georgetown to use a timeout. Lindsey Wilson built as much as a seven-point lead in the set at 15-8.

Then the Tigers began their comeback, going on a 9-2 run to tie the match at 17 all. Georgetown even took the lead at 21-19 and had all the momentum on their home court. But the Blue Raiders worked to retake the lead at 22-21 by way of a Catie Cline service ace.

A long rally ensued which ended with Sarah Shilling and Yennifer Ramirez combining for a huge block to push the Lindsey Wilson lead to two at 23-21. Anderson added another kill before the Tigers took a point to make it 24-22.

At match point on the brink of a sweep, Makenzie Montano received a pass from Kellie Ranney and calmly set it to Shilling who smashed the ball down to the floor untouched for the 25-22 win.

Ramirez posted a double-double for the fourth time in her career, finishing with 14 kills and 10 digs. Shilling and Nadelina Nesheva also recorded double-digit kills, Shilling at 12 and Nesheva with 11. Ranney ended the match with a team-high 11 digs, while Caitlyn Tino had 10. Montano led the squad with 38 assists. Lindsey Wilson finished with a team-hitting percentage of .323.

Allyson Wilbourn led the Tigers with 12 kills followed by Caraline Maher with 10. Courtney Grafton led with 12 digs while Lindsey Martindale accumulated 16 assists. Georgetown finished the match with a hitting percentage of just .182.

Earlier in the night, the Lindsey Wilson junior varsity volleyball team fell to Georgetown's squad 2-0 (23-25, 24-26). Morgan Johnson led the way with six kills followed by Rachel Green with five. Johnson also had three service aces and a team-high seven digs. Katie Koper totaled 15 assists on the night.

This story was posted on 2014-10-29 07:39:30
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