MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Georgia College Volleyball team (12-7) nabbed a pair of non-conference victories on the road Saturday, taking down King University (9-12) in five sets before sweeping host Pfeiffer University (0-19). The victories match last season's win total for the Bobcats, despite having 11 matches left on the schedule this year.
"It was a total team effort tonight," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "Both matches were a good mental test for us to work through. Our focus is turned to our next match at Flagler."
After taking a tight 25-21 set from King, the Tornado rebounded for a 25-23 set win. The teams then traded lopsided scores as King went up 2-1 on a 25-7 score followed by a 25-11 fourth set for the Bobcats. All knotted up at 2-2, the Bobcats closed it out with a 15-7 effort, a Caroline Long (Roswell, Georgia) kill closing the match.
Long was the lone attacker in double-digit scoring with 11 kills, hitting .250 on 28 attacks. Sophomore Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) added eight. Svehla was active on the net, tallying nine total blocks as well. Sophomore Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) guided the offense with 26 assists, adding half of the team's 10 aces and nine digs. Junior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah, Georgia) and sophomore Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) led the defensive effort with 19 and 12 digs, respectively.
Match two came much easier, as the Bobcats kept the Falcons winless on the season with straight sets of 25-10, 25-15 and 25-17.
Offensive numbers were spread out again, as Svehla and senior Blake Willoughby (Savannah, Georgia) led the team with seven kills each. Brockway shared time with junior Madison Speyerer (Winter Haven, Florida) at setter, Brockway tallying 19 assists and Speyerer 12. Ewaldsen added 17 more digs to lead the defense.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m., traveling to Flagler College.
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