Volleyball - Mon, Aug. 18, 2014
Georgetown College volleyball was narrowly picked second in the Mid-South Conference preseason poll. The Tigers finished ranked No. 10 this past year and was the only league school to reach the elimination round of the national tournament. Regular season champion Lindsey Wilson College, which finished No. 16 and the only other MSC school in the national tournament, was picked to win the conference again.
"I'm not surprised by that and it should give our players something toward which to work," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We beat Lindsey in a very competitive match in the conference tournament this past year, but they won both regular season meetings. It has been a great rivalry the past few seasons."
The Blue Raiders received 47 votes, including five of the eight first-place votes, from the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
GC received the other three first-place nods and finished with 45 voting points. The Tigers were 36-11 in 2013, tallying the programs 1,100th win – only the fourth program to reach that mark. Griffin also recorded his 150th win in the Orange & Black and his 76.3 winning percentage puts him in the Top 10 for active coaches who have coached at least five years.
St. Catharine College picked up a third place preseason projection, garnering 34 voting points. The Patriots just edged out Campbellsville University, which finished with 33 points.
University of the Cumberlands (23), Shawnee State University (21) and University of Pikeville (13) rounded out the fifth through eighth spots this season.
The MSC volleyball lost two members from 2013. Bluefield College returned to the Appalachian Athletic Conference for all sports except football, while University of Rio Grande returned to NAIA Division II for basketball by joining the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Volleyball gets under way at the end of August and concludes with the conference tournament Nov. 14-15 in Campbellsville.