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Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin has announced the addition of three student-athletes to his 2014 recruiting class. Jenny Howell and Gracen Howard will join the Tigers this fall, while Kaysie Massie has already enrolled in classes for the spring semester.
"We are very excited about this class," Griffin said. "Each of them brings something different to the program, but this is without question the most athletic overall class during my time here. The amount of weapons this team will have next year is staggering."
What does an athlete do when playing days are done? Most find a way to stay connected to the lifeline they have had running through them for most of their lives. Often it is through coaching and in 2010 when Georgetown College's Amy Barmore crossed the stage for graduation, she knew she wanted to continue to be involved in volleyball.
The Louisville, Ky. native (Male High School) re-wrote the record books in four seasons in the Orange & Black. Barmore had already started giving lessons and coaching club while at Georgetown, but wanted another challenge. She jumped in as an assistant for Tates Creek High School and then Scott County High School. Two years ago, the door opened for her to come back to the Georgetown sidelines as the Tigers assistant.
But tomorrow she leaves with another challenge and the goal of returning to the playing surface.
"Nick (Griffin, Georgetown's head coach) brought this all on," Barmore said with a laugh. "He came to me at the start of preseason and told me he had a goal for me – to try out for the U.S. Women's National team, and he gave me no option. He said he was flying me out there and I was doing this."
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."