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Georgetown College volleyball saw its exciting run in the national tournament come to a close Friday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa. The No. 13 Tigers (36-6) played a very tough Viterbo (38-5) team, but could not come up with enough fire power in the 25-21, 25-16, 25-22 loss.
"We played one of the most complete defensive games that I've seen all year against a top quality opponent," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "Viterbo forced us into a lot of errors and blocked us six times. It is hard to overcome that."
This team of mostly sophomores and freshmen might be the youngest Tiger team to come out of pool-play in the national tournament, and they did it with grit and heart.
Seniors Lindsey Wise and Rebekah Moore helped to guide the team to a 36-6 record and roll through regular-season conference play unscathed. The Tigers recaptured the Mid-South Conference regular season title for the first time since 2010.
"I couldn't be more proud of this team," Griffin said. "We put together 25-straight wins. We won the conference, which we were picked to finish third. Most of this team doesn't have much college postseason experience.
"Lindsey and Bekah really helped to bring this team together. They were determined to take us back to the national tournament. Then everyone else just stepped up and got on board. This is a foundation for getting us back where we want to be."
The Tigers hauled in numerous postseason honors to date with many more probably still to come. The team had six all-conference honorees, three AVCA Southeast Region honorees, and five academic all-conference honorees. Griffin was recognized with his second conference coach of the year honors and second AVCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors.
Several national awards have yet to be handed out.