Football, Volleyball Advance to NAIA Playoffs
Submitted on November 13, 2017
Exciting times for Georgetown College athletics as two of its most storied programs learned Sunday and Monday that the run at a national title is still within their grasps.
The No. 12 football Tigers collected Sunday evening for the NAIA Football Championship Selection Show and it did not take long for GC to be announced as a qualifier heading to Baldwin City, Kan. to battle Baker University in the first round of the FCS. This is the 21st national tournament appearance in 30 years and first since 2014.
"It's a great tradition at Georgetown and we have a lot of alumni that made this possible," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "We played hard all season long and I think we still have improvement we can do. Our guys go out every day and try to get better. We are excited about this week and something else about which to be motivated."
Georgetown finished 8-1 this season, while the No. 6 Wildcats are 10-1. Baker is the 2016 national runner-up and is making its 16th all-time appearance in the playoffs. It is the first meeting between the two schools.
Monday morning while our student-athletes were in classes the NAIA aired the 2017 Volleyball Championship Selection Show. The No. 17 Tigers received the good news that it not only qualified for the national tournament, but its 21-4 record was strong enough to keep them ranked for an automatic bid to the final site. Georgetown will learn its pool and tournament schedule next week after 24 teams play this Saturday for the final 12 spots in Sioux City, Iowa.
This is the 20th national appearance in 29 years and sixth straight, which is a program best. The Tigers first advanced to the nationals in 1988.
Prepared by Jenny Elder, SID