Georgia College Volleyball Falls to Flagler in 5-Set Thriller

Sophomore OH Libby Bochniak
Sophomore OH Libby Bochniak

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — The Georgia College Volleyball team (7-6, 0-1 PBC) came up just short in their opening Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup of the season, falling to Flagler College (6-8, 1-1 PBC), 3-2 at the Centennial Center Saturday.

This contest, a rematch of the 2017 PBC Championship, was a tough battle for both teams. After the dropping the first two sets of the contest, the Bobcats roared back to force a fifth and final set.

Flagler controlled the match early, outpacing Georgia College 50-40 in the opening two sets. Raquel Kulak led the way for the Saints with 26 kills on the day to just three errors committed.

However, the Bobcats rallied in sets three and four to draw things even.

In the third set, Georgia College stormed back from a 22-18 deficit to take the lead and eventually the match, 27-25. Sophomore Libby Bochniak (Marietta) secured three massive points for the Bobcats with a trio of kills down the stretch. Emma Boughner (Bogart) combined with Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) and then Bochniak for two crucial blocks that handed the Bobcats the lead, which they never surrendered.

The fourth set was all Georgia College as they blitzed the Flagler, 25-17 to tie the match at two sets a piece. Nonetheless, the Saints remained a tough opponent and clinched a back and forth fifth set, 15-13. 

Jordyn Moellering (Cumming) led both teams with 29 digs, while Bochniak led the Bobcats with 24 kills.

The Bobcats will be back in action Tuesday Sept. 25 for a PBC matchup with Augusta University. The match will follow the Tailgate Tour festivities with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m.

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