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Georgetown College's volleyball team learned its Sioux City, Iowa pool opponents Sunday afternoon. The No. 13 Tigers will be pitted against No. 1 Concordia (30-0), No. 12 Indiana University East (43-3) and Morningside(26-9).
There are six pools of four teams each. The top two teams from every pool will advance to a 12-team single-elimination tournament. Four teams from pool-play will receive a bye in the opening round of the elimination section.
All of Georgetown's pool-play matches will be at 5:45 CST starting Nov. 27 with IU East. The next day the team plays Concordia and finishes with Morningside on Nov. 29.
"That Tuesday match (against IU East) is key," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "They are a senior laden team. We have seen them a lot in the past several years, but didn't play each other this year.
"The Wolves were at the Boneyard Brawl, so we got to see them play and vice versa. I think both programs are comparable and maybe the notable difference is their experience. We are young, but just as talented. It will be a huge match."
Concordia is without one of its All-Americans, who suffered a season-ending injury recently. However, Griffin knows "they are ridiculously good."
The veteran coach knows Morningside is probably coming in a little under the radar, playing in a very tough Great Plains Athletic Conference. He is glad to be playing them third, getting two days to study this opponent.
If the Tigers advance out of pool-play the elimination round begins Nov. 30. If they get one of the four byes they will only play one match that day, but if not, will have to play two in order to advance to the Dec. 1 morning semifinals. Finals are also set for Dec. 1 at 8 pm CST.
This is GC's 15th time in the national tournament. The Tigers have been to six Elite Eights, including the 2009 run to the national championship match.
NeuLion, the NAIA's official video-streaming company of 12 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting all single-elimination matches.