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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 National Tournament.
"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."
"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.
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