Volleyball - Fri, Dec. 6, 2013
The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its All-Region selections recently and once again Georgetown College picked up multiple accolades. Dating back to 1989, the Tigers' volleyball program has had at least one all-region honorary.
"It is great when other coaches recognize the talent and the work we do at Georgetown," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "When you start to get these accolades it speaks for the whole team and what you are doing here. I'm extremely thrilled for all these young ladies."
For the third straight year, junior Allyson Wilbourn was recognized. Her fellow classmate hitters joined her this past year, making it two straight for Caraline Maher and Rachel Eubanks.
This fierce combination has amassed 3,321 kills collectively, each eclipsing the 1,000th kill individually this past season. Maher has had a breakout season and sits as the second best player in the region according to AVCA. She has 1,123 kills in three seasons with a .343 hitting percentage. The Cincinnati, Ohio native has 440 kills in 151 games this season with a .389 percentage.
Wilbourn has 1,107 with a .295. She has been a consistent contributor since day one – averaging more than 350 kills per season. The Fisherville, Ky. native was rated eighth best in the region.
Eubanks earned honorable mention this season after battling some injures that has kept her off the court at times. She exploded on the scene this past season with 436 kills in 141 games. She sits at 1091 with a career .242 hitting percentage. The Cincinnati, Ohio native was the first to break 1,000 in the talented trio.
The players were not all to be recognized for accomplishments this season. Assistant coach and legendary Tiger Amy Barmore was named AVCA Region Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2009, Barmore received her lone player AVCA honor. In just her second season on the sidelines, opposing teams are taking notice.
"Amy has been invaluable to me and this program," Griffin said. "She understands what it takes to be successful. Her drive and passion are unmatched. She reads the game so well and works with our players to help them understand what we need from each one.
"We aren't where we are without her."
Georgetown is in a region that consists of Mid-South Conference, Southern States Athletic Conference and Sun Conference. Four teams from those three leagues are at the national tournament final site in Iowa. Joining Georgetown from the MSC is Lindsey Wilson, while Spring Hill represents SSAC and Embry-Riddle is out of the Sun.