By Molly Johnson, Sports Information Assistant
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College volleyball team's (7-18, 2-14 PBC) tenacity came up short in a scrappy 3-0 loss to Francis Marion University (9-16, 5-10 PBC) Friday.
The first set had the Patriots on their heels as the Bobcats made multiple runs, but a late surge pushed Francis Marion pushed them to a 21-25 win. The Bobcats were unable to mount enough momentum to stall the Patriots in the next two sets as they fell 25-20 and 25-18, respectively.
The Bobcats' defense was led by junior Ella Anastasiades (Atlanta, Georgia) with 19 digs. She now totals 391 this season, good enough for the second most in program history. Sharing the defensive load was Mollie Michel (Peachtree City, Georgia) with 11. She logged yet another double-double with 21 assists, giving her 10 on the season. Michel also led the squad in kills for the night with seven. Trailing close behind was Maggie Roper (Buford, Georgia) with six. Bailey Freeman (Hillsborough, North Carolina) and her 6-foot-3 frame stood strong in the front line registering four kills. She leads the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) by averaging 1.16 blocks per set and is tied for eighth with a total of 72.
The Patriots offense was led by Alexzandra Reed and Caroline Boone. Reed led the team with a double-double, nabbing 16 kills and 10 digs. Boone was close behind with 15 kills. Both Jessica Amador and Brianna West had double-digit digs for the match with 16 and 12, respectively.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow on the road at noon against UNC Pembroke.
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