By Molly Johnson, Sports Information Assistant
PEMBROKE, N.C. – The Georgia College volleyball team (7-19, 2-15 PBC) scratched and clawed through a five-set match with UNC Pembroke (15-19, 3-13 PBC) Saturday but came up short, falling 3-2.
The first set was tight on the statistics scale as the Bobcats had 17 kills and UNC Pembroke posted 18. The Braves came out on top 25-23 as they only committed two errors. The Bobcats posted a comeback through the next two sets, winning 25-21 and 25-19, respectively. The Braves would not go quietly, pushing the match to a deciding fifth set after a victory of 25-20 in the fourth. Momentum from the previous set stuck with the Braves as the ended the match with a score of 15-8.
Four different Bobcats ended the match with double-digit digs as the Braves' attacks were placed all over the court. Ella Anastasiades (Atlanta, Georgia) led the squad with 25. Close behind was Maggie Roper (Buford, Georgia) with 20 which contributed to her double-double as she recorded 13 kills. Freshman Katie Ray (Cumming, Georgia) put up 18 digs of her own. Now with 11 double-doubles this season, Mollie Michel (Peachtree City, Georgia) logged 12 digs and 39 assists.
Freshman Bailey Freeman (Hillsborough, North Carolina) continues to be a strong presence on the front row with four blocks and 14 kills to lead the 'Cats. She still maintains her top position as the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) leader, averaging 1.13 blocks per set. Freeman ranks eighth in the conference totaling 76, owning the single-season mark for Georgia College.
The Braves' most valuable player was Nicole Mathews posting a staggering 28 digs and 26 kills. Three of her teammates were also in double-digit kills for the match. Jada Vernon garnered 18 and she was accompanied by Caroline Pridgen with 13 and Cecilia Brandon with 10. The Bobcat attacks could not turn into kills as the Braves' defense was all over the court. Danielle Brown led the back row with 30 digs. Ka'Asha Jefferies was close behind with 23. Both Sabrina Gonzalez and Josephine Yang recorded 18.
The Bobcats will be on the road Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. to close out the season at GRU Augusta.
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