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Georgetown College volleyball bounced back from a pair of setbacks Friday for four-set wins Saturday in the Boneyard Brawl. The No. 17 Tigers (23-9) opened with a 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23 over No. 14 Davenport (25-7) and followed that with 25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14 over Bryan College (20-8), which is receiving votes.
"This tournament is so tough and I was really proud of the mental toughness we showed today," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We had Caroline (Ricks) back which was good, but it took a lot mentally to just come back in a difficult tournament such as this."
In order to even be invited to the Boneyard Brawl, teams must have played at the national tournament. All six teams were in the coaches' poll or at least receiving votes.
Graduation typically means the faces fans have grown to identify with the program will no longer be on the sidelines. However, that is not the case for this year's Georgetown College women's basketball team.
Kourtney Tyra – three-time All-American, all-time assist leader and Top 5 all-time scoring – will continue to be present. For five years, the McKee, Ky. native was the point guard that became synonymous with the program.
While she will not be in uniform, she takes over as assistant coach for Andrea McCloskey.
"It has just been a natural progression," McCloskey said. "She's been a leader since day one and I think everyone got a glimpse of her coaching passion during her junior season."
Georgetown College women's basketball inks a true freshman from Arab, Ala. Shelby Beam, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard, is the newest Tiger.
"Shelby is a great shooter from all areas on the floor," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "She does a great job of distributing the basketball to her teammates and hustles for the loose balls."
Those are several key components to the three seniors McCloskey just graduated. The Tigers lost a lot of point production as well as the school's all-time assist leader in the 2013 class.
Beam scored 1,112 points in her four seasons for Arab High School. The guard finished with 619 total rebounds along with 201 steals and 187 assists. She averaged 9.8 points and had 5.5 rebounds per game. Her final three years of high school, she was averaging double-digits, her highest at 11 ppg her sophomore season.
One Franklin County High School standout gives way to another. Ashli Mayes joins Georgetown College women's basketball team as former Flyer teammate Andrea Howard graduates.
The best friends may never get to play at GC together, but the bond still ties pretty deep. The irony even existing that Mayes could fill some of the void left by Howard – 12.8 points per game career average and 14.9 in her senior year.
"I keep hearing that I have big shoes to fill," Mayes said with a smile. "(Andrea) was probably the biggest recruiting tool for me. I really look up to her; she is like my bigger sister. I was hearing from everyone in the Mid-South Conference, but knowing how much she liked it here and how well she did was just a huge comfort to me."