Volleyball - Tue, Aug. 9, 2011
Georgetown College's volleyball team returns five of last
season's seven starters and will be looking to reclaim the top spot in the
Mid-South Conference while punching their ticket for a 15th trip to the NAIA
"We are excited for the 2011 season to begin," third-year
head coach Nick Griffin said. "We learned some valuable lessons during the 2010
season, and that will serve as a strong motivating force.
"The graduation of Kyla Welch, an honorable mention NAIA all-American,
will definitely be felt early on. But, seniors Liz Goodin and Kelsey Luckett are
ready to take the lead. Libero Lauren Meister also returns to solidify our backcourt.
All three earned all-conference honors in 2010."
Emily Weber, Alyssa Elmore, Lindsey Wise, Rebekah Moore and
Arielle Milner were also consistent contributors to this past year's 25-12
(12-1 MSC) team.
"Our returning core of players gained a ton of experience
last year," Griffin stated. "When you add to that four gifted freshmen, you can
imagine how eager I am to get things rolling."
The Tigers kickoff preseason this Saturday, as the team prepares
for its opening tournament in Davenport, Iowa, on Aug. 26-27. GC will play four
matches in two days including a tournament night-cap against host St. Ambrose,
which advanced to the national tournament each of the past two seasons.
Overall, Georgetown will participate in five tournaments,
while hosting two. The Rumpke Invitational will be the second weekend in September
(9-10). Six teams will battle in the two-day event in the Davis-Reid Alumni Gym
and Bush Fitness Center. The 7th Annual Boneyard Brawl will once
again closeout the month of October with a tournament field boasting one of the
strongest in the NAIA.
GC will also compete in the Taylor University/Indiana
Wesleyan Crossover over Labor Day weekend, slated for three matches in two
days. The final away tournament will be Oct. 7-8 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Of
their four matches, the Tigers will compete against three schools that finished
inside the top 15 of the final 2010 coaches' poll -national runner-up Columbia
(Mo.), host Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Indiana Tech.
Georgetown opens its home slate Sept. 7 against MSC foe
St. Catharine. The Tigers play nine home matches in September, seven in October
and then host the MSC Tournament in Frankfort Nov. 6-8.
"Our schedule is always designed with the postseason in
mind," Griffin said. "We will continue to challenge ourselves against top
competition because that's how a team becomes battle-tested and ready for a
deep run in the postseason."
Two other noteworthy home matches are Sept. 20 against
Campbellsville University and Sept. 30 against Shawnee State University. SSU
captured the MSC East Division a season ago and won the MSC Tournament title in
its first year as part of the conference.
Preseason conference and national rankings will be announced
in the next few weeks.