By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Volleyball (16-10, 7-7 PBC) fell to the third-best school in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), Armstrong State University (19-6, 9-5 PBC) Saturday afternoon in a 3-0 Pirate putout on Senior Day. The Bobcats add a loss to their record but stay in the PBC top-five as they eye a spot in the conference championship tournament later this month.
"Today was a great day to celebrate our seniors," head coach Gretchen Krumdieck said. "They have been the best group to start this program, and I'm thrilled how their careers have gone so far. We have a lot more to go, and we can't wait to get back on the court Tuesday."
The Bobcats struggled in the beginning of set one, falling behind quickly after a four-point Pirate run at the start of the match. The Bobcat ladies kept up the fight despite large deficit and broke into the 20s before the end of the set. The Pirates topped the Bobcats, though, 25-21.
Set two was a closer contest. Both teams tied at 19 and kept the set at bay for the latter third of the frame. The Bobcats held off the Pirate victory for two points before falling 25-23.
Georgia College came back from a 9-1 difference at the beginning of set three to eventually lead 21-20 after a few tied rallies. The Bobcats and the Pirates battled out the set and subsequently the match, forcing the frame into extra time. After some back-and-forth, the Pirates bested the Bobcats 28-26 and took the match, their ninth conference win so far.
Senior Miller Howard (Suwanee) had a fantastic senior day with team-topping nine kills, two aces and two blocks. Sophomore Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) came in second for the Bobcat attack squad with eight kills, and sophomore Taylor Svehla (Cumming) had the best average of the afternoon. Her seven kills averaged out to have a .308 percentage.
Sophomore Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) snagged 29 assists and team-best 15 digs against the Pirates – good for another double-double for the Bobcat setter. She has 17 alone this season.
Georgia College sits in solo fifth for the conference. The Bobcats are two wins behind Armstrong State and Francis Marion University. Tied at the top are USC Aiken and Flagler College with 12-2 records.
Before the match, Georgia College honored six senior players and one senior assistant coach for their dedication to the program. Caroline Long (Roswell), Ashley Savransky (Roswell), Blake Willoughby (Savannah), Howard, Holmes, Drummond and coach David Brown were thanked for their efforts in starting Georgia College's first volleyball program in 2013 and building its success.
Up next, the Bobcats host the University of Montevallo Falcons Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. for the last regular season home match of the year. They then travel to South Carolina next Friday for a weekend on the road.
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