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Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin continues to ink high caliber athletes to fortify the accomplishments and strides the team has made in the past four seasons.
Joining his 2016 freshmen class is Lindsay Leick. The setter from Bishop Brossart High School has been a four-year starter and two-year captain for coach Pennie Wiseman.
"Lindsay is a fantastic addition to our 2016 class," Griffin said. "Her high volleyball IQ and feel for the game from the setting position will make us better. She's flown under the radar for most of her career because of playing for small clubs, but she's eager and ready for this challenge. Lindsay is another high character player as well, whose work ethic and competitiveness will shine brightly as she pushes others to make them better. I love how she already bleeds Orange and Black."
Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin finished up another stellar season at the helm of the Tigers. He tallied his 200th career win in just six-plus seasons (currently his record is 224-70 at GC) and returned to the national tournament for the fourth straight year, advancing to the quarterfinals and finishing as one of the Top eight teams in the country.
"Four years ago we signed a recruiting class that helped propel this program back into the national conversation. Now with their graduation, we welcome a new class of athletes that can make a similar impact and continue the tradition of Georgetown volleyball," Griffin said. "Each of these players come from outstanding high school and club programs that have competed at the highest levels in volleyball. Their character and competitive drives will also add to our culture on and off the court."
Joining the Tigers in the fall of 2016 will be Jessica Tapp, Sarah Snyder, Ashton Meckle and Olivia Grass.
The amazing run came up a little short of where Georgetown College volleyball wanted to this season, but the highs of a quarterfinal run and 32-8 record continue.
Tuesday afternoon it was announced that sophomore Jenny Howell was named to the NAIA third-team All-American and senior Corri Muha was named to the honorable mention All-American lists.
"What a wonderful honor for Jenny and Corri," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "Individual awards are always a result of team success, but I couldn't be happier for these two. Corri's recognition puts a huge stamp on what was a fantastic four year career in the Black & Orange. Jenny's award signifies her arrival as an impact player for Georgetown with hopefully more awards like this to come in the future."
Familiar foes sometimes makes it the toughest in critical moments. Nobody knows each other better than Mid-South Conference rivals Georgetown College and Lindsey Wilson College in volleyball. The two have squared off at least three times every season for the past three or four years. For the first time ever, the two met in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa a fourth meeting in 2015.
The No. 12 Tigers (32-8) spotted the No. 1 Blue Raiders a 2-0 lead in sets before coming to life. Unfortunately the storybook tales of comeback trails ended as LWC hammered down a block for the final point in a 25-17, 25-18, 26-28, 25-22 win. The Blue Raiders (37-3) advance to Saturday's semifinals.
"It's tough when you find yourself in a hole to a solid team like Lindsey," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "I'm proud that we didn't fold up. I'm proud that we fought to the finish and for a moment seemed poised to maybe have another five-set thriller.
"This has been a phenomenal team all season and it's hard to see it come to an end, but we took another step back to where we want to put this Georgetown program. Our seniors were amazing leaders, and we really came together as a team this year. It all started in Costa Rica. We knew we had a special group then, and they proved us right all season."
For the first time since 2009 Georgetown College volleyball has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Volleyball National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa.
The No. 12 Tigers (32-7) put themselves up against the wall facing No. 9 Hastings College (25-10) Friday morning. Down two sets to nil, they clawed all the way back for a 17-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 18-16 victory for a 6:45 pm showdown with Mid-South Conference foe No. 1 Lindsey Wilson College.
GC managed just 21 kills with 19 attack errors and a scary low .047 hitting percentage in sets one and two. Then the doors came open and the Tigers elevated to the next level. They tallied 36 kills and just 16 errors over the final three sets to erase the Broncos grasp on the match.