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Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin has announced that Allyson Wilbourn has signed a letter of intent to join the Tigers in 2011. The 6-foot-0 opposite hitter is a native of Fisherville, Kentucky, and entering her senior year at Mercy Academy in Louisville.
Wilbourn brings to Georgetown an outstanding high school resume after helping Mercy to a 70-7 overall record and back-to-back KHSAA State Championships in 2008 and 2009. A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter, she has been named to the 2009 KHSAA All-District team along with being a First Team Academic All-State in both 2008 and 2009.
Those historic 2008 and 2009 seasons for Mercy also included KHSAA Region 6 and District 19 championships. The Jaguars won the tournament championships at the Berkley Premier Classic (Fla.), St. Louis Tournament of Champions and the Louisville Invitational in 2008, while finishing as the runner-up at the Berkley Premier Classic in 2009. Prepvolleyball.com ranked Mercy among the elite high school teams in the country, finishing the 2008 season ranked No. 2 and being No. 20 in 2009.
"Coming from a program like Mercy, Ally understands the expectations that accompany being part of the tradition here at Georgetown," Griffin said. "She is very athletic and an extremely physical player. We've had the opportunity to see Ally matched up against some of the top outside hitters in the country, and she has been able to hold her own. As much as she's accomplished already, I think Ally is just scratching the surface of how good she can be."
Wilbourn's volleyball resume also includes six years with the top teams at the MidAmerica Volleyball Association, or better known as MAVA. In 2010, her 17-Elite team won the Premier Division of the AAU National Championships and took home the championship of the MAVA Open Challenge. During the previous two years, her elite teams posted "Top 10" finishes at both the JVDA National Championships and the AAU National Championships in 2008 and 2009.
When asked why she chose Georgetown, Allyson said, "I knew Georgetown was the perfect fit for me because of several things. First, I wanted to play for a successful volleyball program that would consistently be competing at the highest levels. Secondly, I was looking for a college that would offer small classes and allow me to know my professors on a one-to-one basis. Finally, I wanted a college that would have other on campus activities for me to be involved with outside of studying and volleyball."
Allyson is planning to major in biology and pursue a career in medicine. Her parents are Mike and Lynda Wilbourn.