Match One Box Score: http://gcbobcats.com/sports/wvball/2016-17/boxscores/20160902_d2pe.xml
Match Two Box Score: http://gcbobcats.com/sports/wvball/2016-17/boxscores/20160902_zfjf.xml
By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
MELBOURNE, Fla. – Georgia College Volleyball (1-1) started the season off strong Friday with a season-opening win and close second loss at the Florida Tech Tournament.
Match one of the tournament came against the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez. The Bobcats dominated set one, putting down the Tarzans 25-16. The second set came a little closer, but Georgia College notched another set win by three points, 25-22.
With the match on the line, P.R. Mayaguez responded, winning the third set 25-22. They also dominated over the Bobcats in the fourth set, tying the match with a 25-15 set victory.
But the Bobcats shot to 15 points quickly in the fifth set, securing the first Bobcat Athletics victory of the 2016 season.
"This was a great first match for our team," head coach Gretchen Krumdieck said. "We were challenged by Puerto Rico Mayaguez's scrappy defense. Our hitters rose to the challenge, and our defense backed them up."
Sophomore Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) led the hitters with a .423 kill percentage. She brought down 11 kills with no errors. Sophomore Ebony Powers (Jacksonville) also helped the Bobcats with 14 kills .
Sophomore setter Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville) assisted the offense 39 times, notching four kills of her own, while senior Lindsay Holmes (Norcross, Georgia) and junior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah, Georgia) covered the defense with a combined 35 digs.
The Bobcats faced the home team, Florida Tech, in their second match of the day. The Panthers came off the bench strong, not allowing the Bobcats to put more than 19 points on the board in either of the first two sets.
But the Bobcats rallied to take the third set and extend the match. Midway through the fourth set, the Bobcats led by one and jumped all the way to a three-point lead. The Panthers tied the score at 24 apiece, forcing the victor to win by two. Florida Tech finally secured the victory with a final set score of 27-25.
Svehla's arm dominated once again with 12 kills and a .346 kill percentage. Both Powers and senior Miller Howard (Suwanee, Georgia) had nine kills each, helping the hitters keep the Panthers within reach.
Brockway again recorded over 30 assists and helped on defense with 14 digs. Ewaldsen led the defense with 15 digs for the four sets.
"We played a tough match tonight. It was a battle and Florida Tech is a good dream," Krumdieck said.
The Bobcats finish their time in Florida Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. when they face Wilmington University from Delaware. Georgia College's first home match will be Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. when the Bobcats play host to the Emmanuel College Lions.
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