Volleyball

Allie Southard tallied nine kills and hit .533 against Georgetown College. Allie Southard tallied nine kills and hit .533 against Georgetown College.

Volleyball can't tame the Tigers

      The Patriots volleyball team (11-4, 1-1 MSC) hit the road on Tuesday as they battled their top rival and also the number 13 team in the nation Georgetown College (7-3, 2-0 MSC).

     It was the Patriots’ second Mid-South Conference match of the season as they had to play in a hostile environment at Georgetown College. The first set went back and forth as neither team was able to build a lead until the Patriots got a kill from senior Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.) to give her team the lead a 23-21. But after Georgetown got back to back kills they were back to where they started, tied 23-23. With the Patriots serving set point at 24-23 the Tigers were able to get another kill and an error on the Patriots, as Georgetown took the lead 25-24. The Patriots were able to fight off one set point, but couldn’t fight off another as Georgetown took the first set 27-25.

     In the second set the Tigers got off to a hot start as they jumped on the Patriots early to take an 11-3 lead. But the Patriots then blitzed the Tigers and were able to reel off 15 straight points and take the lead back from the Tigers at 18-11. The Tigers attempted to mount a comeback, but it was to no avail as the Patriots took the second set 25-18 and tied the match at one.

     The third set began like the second set as Georgetown was able to jump on the Patriots early and take a 10-4 lead. But this time the Patriots weren’t able to recovery as they dropped the third set 25-21.

     In the fourth set the two teams battled back and forth, but after a kill by Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) the Patriots were able to take a 21-18 lead forcing Georgetown to call a timeout. Georgetown was able to pull within two at 21-19, but the Patriots were able to capitalize on some key errors by the Tigers as the Patriots won the fourth set 25-19 thus forcing a fifth and final set.

     As the fifth set began the Tigers scored the first five points taking a 5-0 lead. Georgetown was able to build upon that lead when they went ahead 9-3 forcing the Patriots to call a timeout. After the timeout the Patriots scored the next five points pulling within 9-8, but that would be as close as the Patriots got as the Tigers pulled away winning the fifth set 15-11 thus winning the match 3-2.
    
     The Patriots were led by Rebecca Just who tallied 15 kills. Cat Hall (Louisville, Ky.) finished right behind Just as she tallied 14 kills. Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) led the Patriots in hitting percentage as she hit .533. The Patriots as a team tallied 52 assists, Jordan Strickland (Lexington, Ky.) accounted for 39 assist. The Patriots had three players get double digit digs, as Jessie Stone (Princeton, Ky.) and Jordan Strickland each had 13. Jodie Klein (Louisville, Ky.) also tallied 12 digs.

     The Patriots will be back in action as they travel to Spalding University on Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 PM.
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