By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Volleyball (16-9, 7-6 PBC) stays in the top-five in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) after a loss to Flagler College (16-6, 12-2 PBC) Friday night. The Bobcats battled hard for three close sets against the Saints but came out at the wrong end of a sweep.
"Tonight was a really good match," head coach Gretchen Krumdieck said. "I'm happy with how we played, and we are looking forward to playing tomorrow."
The Bobcats had a difficult time wrangling in the Saint defense during the first frame. The 25-21 putout gave the Bobcats motivation to take the second set and force some extra sets for the match. The Cats led by seven in the middle of the set but let the Saints come back around to a tied 23 set. The Bobcats went into intermission after a 25-23 set two loss.
Set three was the most exciting of the night. The latter half of the set held the competitors within one point of one another, eventually forcing the set into a win-by-two overtime situation. After some back-and-forth, the Bobcats fell 28-26, losing the match to the Saints.
Despite the three-set loss, a few Bobcats had big numbers across the board. Sophomore powerhouse Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) grabbed another double-double, her 15th for the season, after recording 13 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore Taylor Svehla (Cumming) also had a strong match, notching 11 kills and four blocks.
Sophomore setter Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) recorded 38 assists for the match with 11 digs. This marks her 16th double-double on the year.
The Bobcats now sit at fifth in the PBC standings with a conference record of 7-6. USC Aiken and Flagler are tied at the top with identical conference records of 12-2, while Armstrong State University is in solo third with eight wins and five losses. Francis Marion University grabbed a win Friday night and moved up to 9-7, good for fourth in the conference. The top eight teams in the PBC will advance to the conference championship tournament Nov. 18-20, this year hosted by Georgia College.
The Bobcats play Armstrong State Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. for a special senior day match, and then the ladies will host the University of Montevallo Falcons Tuesday Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. for the last regular season Bobcat home contest.
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