By Molly Johnson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's volleyball team (7-16, 2-12 PBC) hosted fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) member Lander University (18-6, 6-6 PBC) Saturday, Oct. 25 for the Bobcat program's first "Senior Day". Georgia College battled but fell short, dropping the match 3-0.
The Bobcats started off with a strong first set as Bailey Freeman (Hillsborough, North Carolina) led the charge with six kills. The Bearcats eventually nabbed the set 25-22. Even though the Bobcats started the second set with a 4-0 run, they were unable to maintain the lead as Lander won 25-17. The third set would not swing the Bobcats way as it ended with a score of 25-10.
The team celebrated the lone senior Lauren Johnston (Acworth) before the match began with an acknowledgement of her contributions to the volleyball team since its inaugural season.
"Lauren's dedication is exactly what we needed to start this program," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "She has put a lot of time into volleyball and she will be missed. Her 17 teammates and coaching staff want to thank her for all of her hard work and effort she puts in each day."
Freeman led the Bobcats with 11 kills for the match. She also added five blocks giving her the top spot on the single season record list with 65. Sophomore Ashley Savransky (Roswell) was not far behind with six kills of her own. Maggie Roper (Buford) and Mollie Michel (Peachtree City) split the defensive load with 14 and 11 digs, respectively.
Sydney Tracy led the Bearcats' front row with 15 kills. Teammate Kendall Korte was right behind her, adding 14 and 13 digs for a double-double. PBC defensive specialist of the week Jessica Register garnered 41 assists and 11 digs for the match also giving her a double-double. Julia Ferreira-Alves put up the most digs 23, while Sarah Bradley 13.
Today's match makes Georgia College 2-12 in PBC play, placing them 10th in the conference standings. The Bobcats have four matches left on the schedule, and trail the eighth spot by three games in the loss column.
The Bobcats will travel to Columbus State University Tuesday, Oct. 28 to play at 6 p.m. in another meeting for the "Battle of the Pickle Barrel".
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