Volleyball - Mon, Nov. 7, 2011
Georgetown College's volleyball team had a solid final
week in regular season and at the conference tournament. The Tigers (20-17)
played with a lot of heart and energy, never giving up.
Unfortunately, they came up just short in the finals
against Lindsey Wilson College Sunday, ending their hopes of a 12th tournament
title and return to the national tournament.
The go-all-out attitude was most evident in the
semifinals against Campbellsville University. After already defeating CU four
days prior in Campbellsville in five games, Georgetown needed every ounce of
heart and grit Saturday evening.
"I just had a sense
that this was not going to end in three games," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "There
is too much history between our two programs to end that way."
CU made it interesting, taking the first two games and
even holding five match points. GC got the serve back down 24-20. Held serve
for the next four points before siding out. The teams traded sideouts, meaning
Georgetown twice more denied match points, before taking the serve and scoring
two points for the 28-26 win.
The Tigers roared from there to advance to the finals for
the 13th straight season. However, they met a very stiff Lindsey team. GC
fought in that match as well. After falling behind 2-0 in games again, and
facing a deficit in game three, found an offensive rhythm to force game four.
The Blue Raiders came out and opened an 18-12 advantage.
But, Georgetown was not ready to see the season end. The team clawed back into
the game. Unfortunately, in the end could not overcome LWC.
On the road to the semifinals, the Tigers took care of
business in a quick three-game match over Shawnee State.
For the season, GC struggled in matches that went four or
more games. The Tigers were 1-5 in four-game matches and 4-7 in five-game
matches, two of those wins coming in the final week of the season. Most of
their wins came in straight-games, 15-5.
Georgetown players earned several postseason recognitions
as well. Senior Liz Goodin earned All-MSC First-Team as well as freshman Ally
Wilbourn. Wilbourn was also co-Freshman of the Year.
Junior Lindsey Wise and freshmen Rachel Eubanks and
Caraline Maher earned All-MSC Honorable Mention.
Goodin, Kelsey Luckett, Caitlyn Kogge and Rebekah Moore
were named to the MSC All-Academic team for maintaining a 3.25 grade point
average of higher. Goodin, Luckett and Kogge will also earn NAIA Daktronics
Scholar-Athlete honors for holding 3.5 GPA or higher.