Bobcats Break Bearcats, Shatter Undefeated Record

Bobcats Break Bearcats, Shatter Undefeated Record

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By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Volleyball (7-2, 2-1 PBC) left the Centennial Center Tuesday night with one of the biggest wins in program history. For three years, Lander University's Bearcats (10-1, 2-1 PBC) have gotten the better of the Bobcats, all four conference matches landing the yellow and blue on top. But the Bobcats' 3-1 domination handed Lander its first loss of the season and Georgia College its first "W" for the Bobcat-Bearcat record book.

Bobcats started off hot, halting the usually unchallenged Bearcat offense to 17 points in the first set. Georgia College led streak after streak, taking the first set 25-17. The Bobcats returned from the first set break with equal momentum. A bit tougher battle, the Bobcats went up 2-0 in the match with a second set 25-20 victory.

In the third set, the Bobcats could not recover from the Bearcats' opening 9-0 run. After a strong attempt to close the gap, Bobcats dropped their first set of the night, 25-21. They capitalized on their reconnection at the end of the third set and carried themselves to an easier 25-17 fourth set win, giving them their second conference victory for the season.

The win resulted primarily from the Bobcats' strength and diversity in the attack corps. Four Bobcats recorded double-digit kill numbers with hitting powerhouses Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) and Taylor Svehla (Cumming) tying for the team high at 13 kills.

Ashley Savransky (Roswell) came in right underneath with 12 kills. She grabbed five in both the first and fourth sets, taking the set-high for the Bobcats in both cases.

Svehla also topped the team in hitting percentage. She snagged a point in 48 percent of her attack attempts.

To go along with her strong attacks, Powers dominated the Bobcats' defense as well. Tuesday marked the sophomore's fourth double-double of the year with the team's leading 16 digs.

Miller Howard (Suwanee) also got a double-double out of Lander. The senior notched 10 kills and 12 digs for the Bobcats.

Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) continued her strong play as setter, recording her season high 45 assists in four sets. She also helped the Bobcats with 16 digs.

Senior Danyelle Drummond (Cumming) matched the school record with eight blocks in a four-set match. Her eight added with Powers' five and the rest of the squad's efforts above the net gave Georgia College 11 blocks for the match.

The Bobcats topped Lander in almost ever category Tuesday night. Georgia College slammed 54 kills and seven service aces, blocked 11 attacks and took 52 assists. The Bobcats bested the Bearcats in kill percentage as well, recorded a .206 average compared to Lander's .139. 

"This was a great win for us," head coach Gretchen Krumdieck said. "We stuck to the game plan and executed it well. This team is tough, and we showed it after the third set."

The Blue and Green rest until traveling to Augusta Saturday, Sept. 24 for another Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup. First set begins at 2 p.m. in the Christenberry Fieldhouse. 

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