Tigers take second in NAIA National ChampionshipBy HILLARY THORNTON
It was a season for the record books for the Georgetown Tiger volleyball team. According to first-year head coach Nick Griffin, “the season was magical.” The team posted a 45-4 overall record and had the best NAIA national championship showing in school history as tournament runner- up. The Tigers went into the tournament seeded sixth overall. After playing six hard fought matches in only five days, the Tigers found themselves in the national championship game. They won five out of these six games, with their only loss in the tournament coming in pool play against Lee University. Coach Griffin believes this game forced the team to refocus and was the most important match of the tournament. After the loss everything seemed to click as they went on to defeat Columbia University, earning the opportunity to continue this dream season.
In the single elimination round of the tournament the Tigers defeated Point Loma Nazarene, California Baptist and Lee University. “Beating California Baptist was the defining moment,” says Coach Griffin. The Tigers controlled the entire match, gaining the respect and attention they have deserved all season. The win against California Baptist advanced the team to the Fab Four where they met up with Lee University yet again. However, this time the end result was in favor of the Tigers, placing them in the national championship game. This is what they had worked for all season long, and for the seniors it’s what they’d been working for and dreaming of for their four years here at Georgetown College—a chance to win a national title.
The Tigers were up against a team used to being in this position. Not only was top seeded Fresno Pacific used to being in this position but they were also used to being successful when the title was up for grabs. Fresno Pacific had been crowned national champions the two previous seasons. That didn’t mean anything to the Georgetown team. The Tigers came out confident and jumped to an early 6-3 lead in the first set. Unfortunately, the Tigers got out of rhythm and Fresno Pacific took advantage. From there Fresno Pacific held the lead and went on to win the National Championship for the third year in a row. Fresno Pacific ended their season with a perfect 38-0 record.
Two Georgetown players made the All-Tournament team: Freshman Amanda Philpot and Senior Erica Janszen. Philpot was the only freshman named to the All-Tournament team. The Tigers may not have won the final game, but Coach Griffin, as well as the team, is far from disappointed in their season overall. The level of determination this team has shown throughout the entire season is incredibly high. For Coach Griffin and his coaching staff this was something very special to watch and be a part of. Griffin admits, “The girls set very high goals and reached virtually all of them.” As a whole, this season was a special one, lead by a strong group of seniors that will be greatly missed.
Among the six seniors, two received All-American honors. Libero, Amy Barmore received All- American honorable mention and outside hitter Janszen was named to the second team All-American. Barmore and Janszen both earned conference honors just before national tournament play began as they were named All-Conference selections and Janszen also added Mid-South Conference player of the year to her long list of achievements while at Georgetown. Setter Amanda Philpot, senior outside hitter Allie Bertke and junior middle blocker Kyla Welch joined Janszen and Barmore as All-Conference selections. Coach Nick Griffin was also honored in his first year at Georgetown. Griffin was not only named the Mid-South Conference coach of the year by his peers, but also the region coach of the year by the AVCA.
Hagan resigns, Karlet takes helm of GC baseballBy ANDY RUSSELL
GC Baseball has a new captain at the head of the ship and the organization and players are very excited about it. Brian Karlet has served at Georgetown as assistant coach for two years now and took over for coach Erik Hagen who resigned on Nov. 21. Karlet is excited about taking over the program and looks forward to seeing what this team can do.
Karlet graduated from Georgetown in 2003 and worked at Marshall for two years as their Director of Baseball Operations. He recieved his Master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall and eventually found his way back to Georgetown where he served under Hagan. Karley leads a team that is currently receiving votes in the NAIA Pre-Season poll and is expected to be very good, despite the loss of 12 seniors from last years team that finished 32-22 and second in the MSC.
The baseball team opens up play against Faulkner College in February and are looking to make a splash in the MSC. They have big games at home against Lindsey Wilson, Cumberlands and Campbellsville throughout the season.
Nebraska, Texas cause gunfire, literallyBy ANDY RUSSELL
People really will kill for their team, as a story on ESPN.com will testify. Twenty-three-year-old Lionel Loya was charged with involuntary manslaughter just this past week after police in North Carolina had to investigate a disturbance after the emphatic Texas and Nebraska game. It turns out that Loya had a gun with him during the game and when he got into an argument with his friend, 21-year-old Johnathan Clinton Rodriguez, the gun “accidently” went off.
According to some sources, Loya pulled the gun on Rodriguez and the two struggled over the weapon. Loya is now in the hands of the military police. Wow. This just goes to show that first, you never mess with Texas. And two, people really are crazy. Period. I thought that SEC fans were hardcore, but I have never seen a Gator shoot a Wildcat (except on the field maybe), nor have I seen an Ole Miss Rebel shoot, well, anything! Well, the college football world has offically been turned upside down now, and the season went out with a bang. No pun intended.
Going bowlingBy ANDY RUSSELL
When the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” they really mean it. Bowl season is upon us. The official holiday within a holiday kicks off on Dec. 19 with the much-anticipated New Mexico Bowl between perennial powerhouse Fresno State and Wyoming and the enticing St. Petersburg Bowl between Central Florida and Rutgers. After that we have UK and Clemson playing in the (hyped and illustrious of course) Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. This bowl game is a tough one to get into I’m sure. Just ask UK, as they have been there three of the last four years. Meanwhile up near the top ranks of college football Alabama, Texas, TCU, Boise State and Cincinnati are all still undefeated. Who will claim number two when Alabama beats Texas? Will it be the Horned Frogs or the Broncos from the blue turf? Here are the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchups:
Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 Ohio State vs. Oregon
Sugar Bowl, Jan. 1 Florida vs. Cincinnati
Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 4 Boise State vs. TCU
Orange Bowl, Jan. 5 Iowa vs. Georgia Tech
BCS National Championship, Jan. 7 Alabama vs. Texas
This is looking like a good one. The number one defense that shut down Florida is looking to keep things swinging their way. Colt McCoy and Texas have struggled their last two games. They barely got past Texas A & M and had a one-second win over Nebraska. Alabama has this one locked up.