Bobcat Volleyball Starts Season with Thrilling Win in Five

Junior Libby Bochniak
Junior Libby Bochniak

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Backs against the wall and down 2-0 after two sets, the Georgia College Volleyball team (1-0) scrambled all the way back for the win over Tusculum University (0-1) Friday night at the 2019 Bobcat Classic in the Centennial Center.

The Pioneers took the first two sets 25-21 and 25-17.

The Bobcats trailed 11-8 and 13-12 in the third set as well, and reached a 20-20 tie later in the frame on an attack error. Coming out of the following timeout, the Bobcats got consecutive kills from Libby Bochniak (Marietta) and Emily Crowell (Horseheads, New York) to go up 22-20. The final three points included two more Bochniak kills as the Bobcats picked up a 25-22 set win.  

Momentum continued from there, as GC took the fourth 27-25 and the deciding fifth 15-13. In the fourth, the Pioneers had match point at 25-24, but a service error opened the door for the Bobcats. Another Bochniak kill followed by a Tusculum attack error gave GC the set.

"What a way to start the season," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "The heart and character that came from the girls tonight was amazing. I'm so proud of the way they battled back after being down 0-2. This is going to be an exciting season."

Bochniak finished with 23 kills on .352 hitting, adding 14 digs for a double-double. Junior Emily Pope (Canton) added double-digit kills with 10, including seven in the fourth and fifth sets combined.  

Sophomore Lauren Talele (Woodstock) ran the offense to the tune of 42 assists and added 11 digs, one of five Bobcat defenders with double-digit digs. Senior Nicole Cohen (Atlanta) provided a team-high 18, while Bochniak and junior Jordyn Moellering (Cumming) added 14 each, Talele 11 and sophomore Morgan Overly (St. Simons Island) 10.

GC Volleyball now has victories in each their last four home openers.

The Bobcats continue the 2019 Bobcat Classic with a pair of matches tomorrow, Sept. 7. GC takes on Limestone College at 1 p.m. and Lindenwood University at 6 p.m.

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