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Volleyball - Wed, Aug. 20, 2008

The Georgetown College Tiger Volleyball team will open the season with a No. 11 national ranking and a trip to the west coast that will challenge their spot.

The Georgetown College Tiger Volleyball team will open the season with a No. 11 national ranking and a trip to the west coast that will challenge their spot.

The Tigers will travel to Irvine, Ca. to play in the Concordia Labor Day Tournament the last weekend of August.  The competition will be tough as Georgetown will face three of the final four teams from last year's national championship in the first three matches of the year - Fresno, Biola and host Concordia.  Head coach Jeff Hulsmeyer has intentionally crafted this year's schedule to let his team know what is needed to be among the best.  By season's end, the Tigers will have faced eight of the top ten in the poll released Tuesday.

"We'll know where we stand early but if you want your program to be consistently at the top then those are the teams you have to play."

The Tigers are led by junior All-American Erica Janszen, who says the team is working hard in the preseason in many ways.  "It's not just about what is getting done on the court," said the outside hitter. "We are also working hard right now to gel as a team and make sure things get started off the way we want."

Chemistry is a little easier for the team that lost no seniors last year and ended the season at 39-6.  "Its very humbling to know that we are respected by our opponents with this ranking," said Hulsmeyer.  "Some of the tough teams we played last year now know that we have a nice team with everyone returning.  They know we are a quality team that will be a quality opponent for them."

The first regular season ranking will be released on Tuesday, September 9.

RANK

LAST
YEAR

SCHOOL

1st Place
Votes

2007
Win/Loss

FINAL
POINTS

1 1 Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) 25 38-1 715
2 2 California Baptist University   32-5 692
3 3 Concordia University (Calif.)   30-6 669
4 4 Biola University (Calif.)   32-8 646
5 5 Azusa Pacific University (Calif.)   21-10 614
6 6 Columbia College (Mo.)   30-10 596
7 17 Northwestern College (Iowa)   31-12 550
8 9 Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.)   17-13 528
9 8 College of Idaho (Idaho)   25-8 500
10 21 Madonna University (Mich.)   35-12 479
11 14 Georgetown College (Ky.)   39-6 467
12 10 Southern Oregon University   26-6 416
13 15 Morningside College (Iowa)   33-4 413
14 7 Dickinson State University (N.D.)   30-4 403
15 12 Lindenwood University (Mo.)   41-8 396
16 20 Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)   26-8 360
17 23 Walsh University (Ohio)   29-9 338
18 24 Campbellsville University (Ky.)   36-9 334
19 18 University of Texas at Brownsville   36-9 310
20 19 Dordt College (Iowa)   32-9 267
21 16 Vanguard University (Calif.)   10-16 208
22 RV Bellevue University (Neb.)   27-14 189
23 RV Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)   23-21 171
24 22 Westminster College (Utah)   25-12 165
25 13 Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio)   39-5 130

Others receiving votes: Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) 126; University of Mobile (Ala.) 107; Indiana Wesleyan University 82; Hastings College (Neb.) 79; Lubbock Christian University (Texas) 64; Missouri Baptist University 51; Cornerstone University (Mich.) 48; Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) 48; Lee University (Tenn.) 41; Westmont College (Calif.) 24; Montana Tech of the University of Montana 17; Texas Wesleyan University 17; Oklahoma City University 16; Black Hills State University (S.D.) 16; Oregon Institute of Technology 13; Indiana University Southeast 10; Webber International University (Fla.) 7; Taylor University (Ind.) 5; King College (Tenn.) 5; Saint Xavier University (Ill.) 5; College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 4; Bethel College (Kan.) 4; University of Great Falls (Mont.) 3; William Penn University (Iowa) 3; Berry College (Ga.) 3; Malone College (Ohio) 1; Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) 1; William Jewell College (Mo.) 1; Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas) 1; South Dakota School of Mines & Tech. 1.
 
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