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Georgetown College volleyball learned of a few more postseason honors as junior hitters Caraline Maher and Allyson Wilbourn earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American status. For Maher, this is her second straight year on the list, while it is Wilbourn's first. AVCA listed 101 NAIA athletes among the first, second, third and honorable mention teams.
"These accolades are always very meaningful for the entire program," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "These young ladies are very deserving. This is recognition for our whole team as well. It is a nod to how successful we are as a group."
Georgetown College volleyball fought to the bitter end in the first round of the single-elimination portion of the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation.
The No. 12 Tigers (35-11) battled Grand View (34-13) for the third time this season. It was a four-set, season-opening win over the Vikings that started this impressive season filled with records and highlights. Unfortunately, GV got the best of GC in Iowa. Georgetown fell 21-25, 13-25, 25-19, 23-25.
"We showed a lot of heart and battle, that's all I can ask for," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "It has been another exciting season where we saw our three outstanding juniors record 1,000 kills each, our team eclipsed 1,100 wins and we won our 15th Mid-South Conference Tournament title.
"We have a lot to build on from this season and are looking forward to what the future holds for us."
The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its All-Region selections recently and once again Georgetown College picked up multiple accolades. Dating back to 1989, the Tigers' volleyball program has had at least one all-region honorary.
"It is great when other coaches recognize the talent and the work we do at Georgetown," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "When you start to get these accolades it speaks for the whole team and what you are doing here. I'm extremely thrilled for all these young ladies."
There are rare moments in postseason when a team can lose and still be playing. Georgetown College volleyball picked one of those times to have an off night. It happened Thursday in the final match of pool play in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation.
The No. 12 Tigers (35-10) faced off with No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) with both teams knowing they already secured spots in Friday's single-elimination tournament.
The Eagles (26-2) came out strong and finished the match in straight sets, 25-10, 25-18, 25-12. It is only the third time this season, the Tigers have fallen in straight sets.
Georgetown College volleyball has won 21 matches in straight sets, but the past five wins have been four sets or more. Heading into the Mid-South Conference semifinals, the No. 12 Tigers had not rallied from a 2-1 sets deficit. Now they have done it three times, the most critical to date happened Wednesday in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation Pool Play B.
In order to secure continued play after the round robin portion, Georgetown (35-9) needed a win over Trinity Christian College. The Trolls (37-9) opened up winning sets one and three, but the Tigers fought back for the 20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10 win. They even needed a rally in set five to clinch it.
"This is tournament play," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "Seeing matches go the distance isn't a surprise, I'm just glad we've gotten a few rally wins down the stretch. We have the confidence that we are never out of a match."