Bobcat Volleyball Tops Francis Marion in Five Sets, Brockway Sets School Record

Setter Kayla Brockway
Setter Kayla Brockway

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College Volleyball team (5-2, 1-1 PBC) got its first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victory of the young season Friday night in a five-set thriller at Francis Marion University (4-7, 1-2 PBC).

The Patriots took a tight first set 26-24, followed by a strong 25-17 victory for Georgia College in the second. FMU took the lead after a 25-23 win in the third, but the Bobcats drew even in the fourth by the same score. The match came down to the 15-point fifth set, one which Georgia College dominated 15-4.

"This was a great team effort tonight," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "It's never easy to win on the road, but this team stepped up and played great. I'm so proud of this team and we are all excited to get back on the court tomorrow."

Junior Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) dazzled with 21 kills, the first 20-kill match of her career and the fourth-best attacking effort in school history.

Freshman Libby Bochniak (Marietta) and junior Taylor Svehla (Cumming) joined Powers in double-digit kills with 15 and 13, respectively. Tonight's total was a career-high for Bochniak.

Junior Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) finished with 56 assists, one more than her own school record, set twice in the 2015 season. Senior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) led a quintet of players with double-digit digs, pulling up 29. Powers had 19 for a double-double, while Brockway also doubled up with 14 digs. Bochniak added to the double-double party with 13 digs, and Jordyn Moellering (Cumming) added 12.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., traveling to UNC Pembroke.

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