By Molly Johnson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's volleyball team (7-9, 2-7 PBC) took the second-best team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) to the limit in a five set loss to GRU Augusta (16-4, 7-2 PBC) Saturday at the Centennial Center.
"We did a great job today with our blocking," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "That was the focus this week and it's good to see it pay off in the statistics. We're putting the pieces together and use each match as a learning lesson."
The Bobcats made the Jaguars notice that it would not be an easy win by taking the first set 25-23. Georgia College capitalized on 13 errors committed by GRU Augusta in the set. The Jaguars took the next two sets 25-18 and 28-26, respectively. The Bobcats turned up the heat and took advantage of the Jaguar errors again as they won the fourth set 25-17. In the deciding fifth set the Bobcats could not gain enough momentum and lost 15-10.
Three Bobcats had double-digit kills, each ending the match with 10. Maggie Roper (Buford), Caroline Long (Roswell), and Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) all held the top spot. Mollie Michel (Peachtree City) was one kill shy of owning a triple-double with 33 assists, 17 digs, and nine kills. Ella Anastasiades (Atlanta) and Lindsay Holmes (Norcross) joined Michel in double-digit digs with 33 and 11, respectively. Anastasiades now owns the school record for digs in a single match.
The Bobcats dominated play at the net this afternoon, totaling 15 team blocks to the Jaguars nine. Bailey Freeman (Hillsborough, North Carolina) was a significant presence, owning 10 blocks; six of those blocks she earned during in the first set of the match. Long was close behind with eight. Ashley Savransky (Roswell) and Roper added four each to the Bobcat efforts.
The Bobcats will be back in the Centennial Center tomorrow, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. to take on Spring Hill University.
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