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In what's already been a busy offseason, Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin has announced the additions of Florida-native Allie Card and Texas-native Erin Kearney to his 2015 class.
ALLIE CARD (The Rock School/Vision)
Card is a defensive specialist from The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla. As a four-year starter and two-year captain for coach Stephanie Wyatt, Card led the Lady Lions to a 32-7 overall record and garnered all-tournaments honors at the 2014 NACA National Championships following their Division I Runner-Up finish.
She collected numerous other honors during her high school career including two-time All-Area, Team MVP Lion's Heart Award, WCJB North Central Florida Scholar-Athlete Award and National AP Scholar with Honors. She is currently the top of her class academically and leaves The Rock as their all-time leader in kills, digs and service points.
Volleyball coach Nick Griffin has announced that Sarah Clem has become the second signee in the 2015 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1 middle hitter is a native of Indianapolis, Ind., and is a senior at Perry Meridian High School.
Clem was a three-year starter for coach Patrick Carlson, leading the Falcons to an 82-23 overall record and Conference Indiana (CI) titles in 2012 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2014. The team also captured back-to-back Sectional Championships in 2013 and 2014 along with a Marion County Championship in 2012. Clem completed her senior season leading the team in kills (306), kills per set (3.12), hitting efficiency (.405) and blocks per set (1.05). That .405 hitting efficiency led the conference and ranked Top 20 in the entire state of Indiana.
Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin has announced the signing of setter Sarah Bell. The Louisville-area native is a three-year letterwinner and one-year starter for coach Todd Garvey at national powerhouse Mercy Academy.
"Sarah is a tremendous first piece to our 2015 class," Griffin said. "We run one of the fastest offenses in the country, and it takes a special talent to be able to do that. She possesses the strength to make any set on the court, the foot speed to track down errant passes, and most importantly the ability to make those around her better."
Mercy was 111-13 during her three seasons with the Jaguars that included a 2014 Kentucky State Championship, a runner-up finish in 2012 and another semifinal appearance in 2013. All three seasons, Mercy was ranked by PrepVolleyball.com in the Top 20 nationally, while recently being crowned the 2014 High School National Champions.
When Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin signed his second class he knew exactly what he was getting – some of the best hitters this region had. Four years later, no one can doubt that claim about Caraline Maher or Allyson Wilbourn.
"It has been phenomenal to see them grow and develop," Griffin said. "It is hard to believe their four years are done, but what an amazing career each has had."
This past week both were named AVCA All-Southeast Region and NAIA All-Americans. It is the third straight year for the AVCA honor for both. Maher is also a three-time All-American, while Wilbourn is two-time. At the conference level, both were four-time All Mid-South Conference and Wilbourn was 2011 MSC Freshman of the Year.
Georgetown College volleyball was not going down without a fight. The No. 15 Tigers (31-12) won Pool C and advanced to the Top 12 in the 2014 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Staffing and Recruiting.
The Tigers took No. 14 Eastern Oregon University (30-5) to a five-set thriller, falling 23-25, 25-20, 11-25, 29-27, 12-15 Friday morning in Sioux City, Iowa.
"We battled and played hard," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "I'm very proud of how we played these past several weeks and for the third straight season made it to the single elimination portion of the national tournament. That's a great accomplishment."
Allyson Wilbourn was a kill shy of her season-high as she had a match-high 18 kills in her final game for Georgetown. Fellow senior Caraline Maher was right behind her with 16 kills. Kaysie Massie had the hot hand early and finished with 13 kills.