By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Georgia College Volleyball (17-13, 8-10 PBC) fell in three to the Armstrong State University Pirates (23-6, 13-5 PBC) in an early night match Monday. The quick one left the Bobcats at the wrong end of the 3-0 match final for their last match of the regular season.
"Tonight was not our night," head coach Gretchen Krumdieck said. "We battled but came up short in the end. We are taking the lessons we learned tonight and putting them to practice this week to get ready for the conference tournament."
In the first frame, the Bobcats had a difficult time coming back from the early 6-1 deficit. Georgia College eventually fell to 20-13, but made the Pirates work for the first set, forcing the score to 25-18 before the set change.
The Bobcats controlled the beginning of the second set better, keeping the Pirates tight for a 9-9 start. The Pirates then went on a seven-point run, making it hard for Georgia College to recover. Armstrong took the frame 25-21, the closest set of the night.
The Pirates sealed their 13th conference win after set three. After some back-and-forth, the Pirates tied the score at 19 late in the set. The Bobcats couldn't stop the Armstrong offense and let six points run in Armstrong's favor before losing the set and match, 25-20.
Sophomore Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) had the best offensive night for the Bobcats. She notched 11 kills with only two errors, giving her a .333 average for her last regular season match of 2016. Fellow sophomore Taylor Svehla (Cumming) had the second-best numbers for the Bobcats with eight kills for a .222 average.
The Bobcats will play in the Peach Belt Conference Championship Tournament this weekend in Milledgeville. Georgia College will go into the tournament as the No. 7-seed in the conference standings.
The tournament will take place in Georgia College's Centennial Center, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20. Friday's first round will have four matches at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The No. 7-seed Bobcats will play the No. 2-seed USC Aiken as the last quarterfinal match of the day at 4 p.m.
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