By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia College Volleyball team (6-2, 1-1 PBC) handed head coach Gretchen Krumdieck its first conference win of the season for her birthday Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats topped Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rivals Columbus State University Cougars (6-3, 0-2 PBC) in a close five-set battle on the road.
The Cougars and Bobcats alternated set victories the entire match, with Bobcats striking first in a three-point, 25-22 win in set one. Columbus State held the Bobcats to the same score as their first set battle in set two, 25-22, this time tying the match at 1-1. The third set was even closer, as Georgia College topped the Cougars by just two points, 25-23. The Cougars flew into the fifth set with a 25-18 win in the fourth but couldn't beat the Bobcats in the fifteen-point tie breaker. Bobcats took the victory in a quick 15-11 final set.
Both sophomore Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) and senior Miller Howard (Suwanee) dominated the offense with a combined 22 kills. Powers led the team in kills with 12, while Howard came just behind her teammate with 10. Both Bobcats helped defensively as well. Powers recorded 16 digs as Howard again finished two behind Powers with 14. Powers also grabbed four points from service aces.
Senior Ashley Savransky (Roswell) led the team for kill percentage, notching eight kills with a .240 average.
Sophomore Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) also had one of her strongest games of the season thus far. Not only did the setter record 40 assists, she took some points of her own with five kills and four aces.
Junior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) added to her impressive season stats with 21 digs, as well.
The Bobcats look ahead to their second home match Tuesday, Sept. 20 as they host an undefeated conference foe Lander University (10-0, 2-0 PBC).
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