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To be a top team, you have to beat the top teams. Georgetown College volleyball understands that as it has become one of the premier programs. Thursday marks the start of the 2014 season for the preseason No. 11 Tigers, and there is nothing easy about it.
Nick Griffin and his team have traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla. To face three Top 20 teams and the fourth opponent is host Embry-Riddle – preseason No. 21.
"We've never been afraid to play the best," Griffin said. "This is what we always do. Not just this weekend, but our whole schedule might be the toughest in the country."
GC opens play 7 pm against ERAU. Friday is a slate of matches against No. 3 Wayland Baptist and No. 17 Rocky Mountain. The Tigers wrap up the Embry-Riddle Labor Day Weekend Tournament with a 4:30 pm showdown with No. 14 Oklahoma Baptist.
Click here for the link to catch all the action. Our game Thursday will be streamed as live video and stats, with the final three games having just live stats.
Once the Tigers return from Daytona, the dive right into the Mid-South Conference schedule against rival Campbellsville University. This opens the home slate for 2014.
Georgetown then hosts the first of its two tournaments this year with the Rumpke Invitational. The Tigers will play Grace College, Olivet Nazarene University, Asbury University and Marian University.
They conclude a six-game home stand with a very hot St. Catharine College. The Patriots opened the season by dropping No. 4 Madonna and went a perfect 4-0 in the tournament.
"The MSC continues to improve," Griffin said. "We have three or four teams this year that can legitimately make noise on the national scene."
GC and Lindsey Wilson College were the lone two teams ranked in the preseason poll, but following an impressive start SCC might be there the first poll of the regular season and Campbellsville is also usually in the mix.
The Tigers play 10 of their 17 home matches in the month of September, starting October with a long road stretch. Following a Sept. 30 showdown with Shawnee State University, GC will play nine straight away matches, and 10 of 11. They wrap up the month with four matches in the 10th annual Boneyard Brawl and two home matches against conference opponents – LWC and Cumberland University.
Regular season play concludes with a road trip to SSU and then postseason starts with the conference tournament at Campbellsville University.
"Right now, before another poll is released, we have at least 12 of our 30-plus matches are against preseason ranked opponents," Griffin said. "It is just about making ourselves better every step of the way this year with the goal of returning to the national tournament."