Volleyball - Wed, Aug. 18, 2010
Georgetown College volleyball was dubbed No. 23 in the 2010 NAIA preseason poll released Tuesday. The Tigers went 45-4 on their way to a runner-up finish in the NAIA National Tournament a season ago under first-year coach Nick Griffin.
Three seniors return from that title-contending team - Kyla Welch
, Cathy Frank
, and Whitney Wulf
. Welch, a 5-foot-9 middle blocker, was first-team All Mid-South Conference in 2009. Wulf had a career high eight blocks against St. Catharine this past season as the back-up middle blocker. Frank was a back-up on the right side, averaging one kill per game.
"The team returns three players who have seen significant time on the court the past two years, which should lighten the load," Griffin said. "A strong spring season showcased that the team had a lot of depth on the 2009 NAIA National Runner-Up squad beyond just its starters."
Juniors Liz Goodin and Kelsey Luckett
were significant players as freshman during GC's run to the 2008 Elite Eight. Sophomore Cheryl Findley
was a big contributor this past season, finishing third on the team in blocks.
Joining that mix, will be transfer Aylssa Elmore, who as a middle blocker was all-conference and all-region at Parkland College; and freshman, Emily Weber
, Kathryn Smith, and Claire A'Hearn.
"After graduating four starters and the transfer of setter Amanda Philpot to NCAA D-I Ole Miss, Georgetown will be young overall but very athletic," Griffin said.
The Tigers first test will be a road trip next weekend to Dearborn, Mich. They will open the season against Notre Dame College and Saint Xavier University on Aug. 27 and Michigan Dearborn and Madonna University Aug. 28.
GC was not the only MSC team to earn Top 25 honors, as Shawnee State was picked at No. 19. The Bears are new to the conference this season. They won the American Midwest Conference, going 31-6 and reaching the national tournament a season ago.
Campbellsville was also on the list as receiving votes. The CU Tigers finished runner-up in league and tournament to GC in 2009.