Volleyball - Wed, Dec. 11, 2013
Georgetown College volleyball learned of a few more postseason honors as junior hitters Caraline Maher and Allyson Wilbourn earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American status. For Maher, this is her second straight year on the list, while it is Wilbourn's first. AVCA listed 101 NAIA athletes among the first, second, third and honorable mention teams.
"These accolades are always very meaningful for the entire program," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "These young ladies are very deserving. This is recognition for our whole team as well. It is a nod to how successful we are as a group."
Maher moved up from honorable mention in 2012 to second team after her best season to date. She had 474 kills on 955 swings for a .371 average, which ranks her 11th nationally. She also had 142 blocks, ranking her 18th in that category. Her 474 kills, putting her at 1,157 in three seasons, is 22nd in the nation.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native trice recorded 16-kill matches. As a freshman she once recorded 17 kills against Indiana East. In 2012, she had a handful of 15-kill matches.
The middle hitter also did her fair share of the defensive work. Maher had six blocks in the final match of the season this past Friday against Grand View at the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation. She recorded six two other times this past season and her career-high is eight in a three-set match with Viterbo at the 2012 national tournament.
"This year Caraline exploded into one of the top middles in the country," Griffin said. "We always knew how talented she could be offensively, but she developed into a more complete player. I'm very proud of her and what she accomplished."
Wilbourn is sometimes the unsung hero for the Tigers. She was 2011 Rookie of the Year in the Mid-South Conference, but her stable numbers are often overlooked in the grand scheme.
She earned regional accolades recently, helping her to earn honorable mention status through the AVCA.
The Fisherville, Ky. native does a bit of everything for GC, from kills and blocks at her right side position, to assists and digs.
"Ally is quietly the heart and soul of this team," Griffin said. "I'm glad she is getting the national recognition she has always deserved. It's a testament to her abilities and the dedication she has shown to the volleyball program."
Wilbourn eclipsed her 1,000th kill this past season as well, recording a career-high 429 kills in a season. She currently has 1,141. She finished with a .281 hitting percentage. Her season-high for kills was 19 in a five-setter with University of the Cumberlands, while her career-high is 22 in a five-setter with Cornerstone in 2012.
Lindsey Wilson College also had a second team member. The Blue Raiders also added two honorable mentions and Campbellsville University had one to give MSC six total players on the All-America list.