GREENWOOD, S.C. - The Georgia College Volleyball Team (17-12, 8-9 PBC) fell 3-0 to Lander University (21-10, 9-9 PBC) in a game that was closer than the final scoreline showed.
The Bobcats dropped each set by the minimal amount, going up 23-19 in set one before allowing six straight Lander points to lose the set 25-23 and go down 1-0. The rough start set the tone for the rest of the day as the Bobcats clawed their way to a 24-24 score in the next two sets. The Bobcats would drop the tiebreak in both sets, however, losing sets two and three 26-24.
Coach Gretchen Krumdieck was disappointed with the loss but knows there's potential to end the season on a high note.
"It was another tough one today," Krumdieck said. "We battled hard but it didn't go our way. Our focus is now on our match Monday."
Despite the loss, highlights for the Bobcats included a team-high 15 kill performance by Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) and a double-double for Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida), who finished with a game-high 33 assists, as well as 16 digs. Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah, Georgia) led the way defensively with 19 digs.
The loss vaults Lander above Georgia College in the Peach Belt Conference standings. The Bobcats will have a chance to match Lander's conference record when they travel to Savannah on Monday, Nov. 14 to take on the third-seeded Armstrong State University Pirates in the final conference game of the season. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. A win would place the Bobcats in at least a three-way tie with Lander and Francis Marion University for the fourth seed in the PBC Tournament.
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