GC Volleyball Dominates Conference Rival Columbus State, 3-0

GC Volleyball Dominates Conference Rival Columbus State, 3-0

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By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Volleyball (16-8, 7-5 PBC) hopped up the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) standings after sweeping Columbus State University (14-10, 5-9 PBC) at home Tuesday night. The Bobcats now sit fourth in the conference standings, while Columbus State holds on to eighth.

"Tonight was a great win for our program," head coach Gretchen Krumdieck said. "There were a lot of long rallies and some tough situations that we handled will – all really good things for this team. We have a big weekend ahead of us, and we are excited to get back on the court. 

The Bobcats made quick work of the Cougars in set one, holding Columbus State to just 17 points in the 25-17 set win. Set two presented a bit more of a challenge for the home squad. After a steady back-and-forth, the set was tied up at 18. Bobcats then went on a almost error free seven-point run, only allowing three points for the Cougars to end set two, 25-21.

Set three gave the fans some extra volleyball, almost breaking into the 30s for a final score. The frame was tight, Columbus State leading the majority of the way. Bobcats were either down or tied with the Cougars yet managed to keep the set, and match, within reach. Forcing play to a 29-27 final, the Bobcats grabbed two kills from junior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) and senior Caroline Long (Roswell) to win the set and, subsequently, the match.

Sophomore Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) dominated the Bobcat offense and defense, with roster-topping 13 kills and 15 digs. She walked off the court with her 14th double-double for the season. She also led the Blue and Green with a .263 average.

Sophomore Taylor Svehla (Cumming) also had a strong night, grabbing 10 kills in the three-set sweep. 

Sophomore setter Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) led the Bobcats once again as the starting setter. Her 32 assists added to her 810 assists for 842 total assists this season. Her impressive night moves her up the conference standings for assists per set with 9.25. She also recorded another service ace, bringing her to fourth in the PBC for aces per set.

Defensively, libero Ewaldsen fell one short to tying Powers for most digs. Her 14 saves add to make her season stat 467, second-best in the conference. She also holds second in digs per set with 5.08, falling only behind USC Aiken's Danielle Mercer.

Long added a record-breaking effort on the match, setting the three-set record for blocks with seven total on the night. That number is also good for solo third across all Bobcat matches.

Bobcats sit comfortably fourth in the PBC. The top-eight teams advance to the conference championship tournament hosted by Georgia College later this month. In front of the Bobcats are 11-2 USC Aiken, 10-2 Flagler College and 7-4 Armstrong State University.

Bobcats host two of those top teams this weekend. First, the Flagler Saints come to Milledgeville Friday, Nov. 4. Scheduled start of that match is 7 p.m. Then Saturday, Bobcats host Armstrong State for the 2016 Senior Day. Six star Bobcat seniors and David Brown, an assistant coach, will be honored before the match, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Center.

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