By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
AIKEN, S.C. – Georgia College Volleyball (17-11, 8-8 PBC) maintains its top-five spot in the Peach Belt Conference standings with only two matches left before the postseason. The Bobcats traveled to South Carolina for the first match of a full road weekend to play the PBC's top-ranked USC Aiken Pacers (26-3, 15-2 PBC). The Bobcats fell in four, 3-1.
"Tonight, we put up a good fight," head coach Gretchen Krumdieck said. "We had good momentum and came up just a little short. We are looking forward to getting back on the court tomorrow."
The Bobcats came off the bus strong, upsetting the Pacers in the first set with a 25-22 putout. Georgia College couldn't stop the massive Pacer attack corps, though, and fell in three 25-22 sets for a 3-1 conference loss.
Sophomore Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) had an equally massive night despite the loss. She slammed 12 kills against the Pacers. With only one error in 24 attacks, she led the Bobcats with a huge .458 average. She also added five blocks and an ace to her impressive match.
Fellow sophomore Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) snagged her 17th double-double after notching the most Bobcat kills of the night. Her 13 kills led the team, and her 12 digs gave her second defensively.
Junior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah, Georgia) took the most digs away from the four-setter. Her 18 add to her 523 digs for the season – good for third in the conference. The junior also had four service aces.
Senior Caroline Long (Roswell, Georgia) also helped the Bobcats defensively with team-topping five blocks.
The Bobcats play two more conference matches before heading home for the PBC Championship Tournament, this year hosted by Georgia College. Currently, the Bobcats sit at fifth, a spot in the tournament already clinched. USC Aiken is alone at the top, but Flagler College is hunting one win behind. Armstrong State University comes in three wins behind the Saints, and Francis Marion University is just one win better than the Bobcats.
Next up, the Bobcats drive over to Lander University, where the Bearcats are jockeying for conference tournament seeding. First serve is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.
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