MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College head volleyball coach Gretchen Krumdieck has announced the signing of seven players to the roster for the upcoming 2017 season.
"I'm very excited for this incoming class," said Krumdieck. "[Assistant Coach] Stephen Brown and I have worked the recruiting trail to bring in the best in the state. All of them are coming from a strong volleyball background and have experience playing at a high level. Most of them have played club together so there is already a lot of team chemistry. This group will complement the returners well as we look to build on the success from last season.
Bobcat Volleyball lost six seniors to graduation, with many of those six members of the first recruiting class in program history for Georgia College's newest varsity sport. The Bobcats fill out the roster with six freshmen and one sophomore transfer, and all should compete for playing time right away.
The new Bobcat players and their accomplishments are as follows:
Libby Bochniak (Marietta) is a graduate of Lassiter High School, where she played for Greg Hodge. She is a two-time All-State pick, helping lead the Trojans to State Runner-Up in 2016. A four-time All-Area choice and the 2016 Area Player of the Year, she appeared on the USAV Phenom list in the Class of 2017. Bochniak played club volleyball for Bob Westbrook on A5 18-1.
Coach Krumdieck says: "Libby is a very versatile player and will definitely make contributions to the team right away. She is a strong attacker, as well as defensive minded."
Emma Boughner (Bogart) comes from North Oconee High School, where she played for Sid Feldman. The leader in kills for AAAA Area 8 in 2016, she played in the Georgia Senior All-Star Game. She was a three-time 8-AAAA All-Area First Team selection as well. She played her club volleyball for Karen Brown and A5 18.
Coach Krumdieck says: "Emma has developed into a strong Middle Blocker. I know she will bring a lot of offense this season, as well as a huge block."
Emily Crowell (Horseheads, New York) joins Bobcat Nation as a sophomore after one season at Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Armstrong State University. She graduated from Horseheads High School in upstate New York, where she played for Patti Perone. Crowell was named to the STAC Metro/West All-Conference Team. She played club volleyball for the Southern Tier Volleyball Club and coach Perone.
Coach Krumdieck says: "Emily is coming from a strong volleyball program and I'm looking forward to her bringing that winning mentality to the squad, as well as her high level of physical play."
Jordyn Moellering (Cumming) is out of Lambert High School, under the instruction of coach Missey Hall. An AAAAAAA All-State First Team selection as a senior, she played in the 2016 Senior All-Star Game as well. Moellering was a four-time All-Region pick, and three time All-County choice, even being named the Region Player of the Year in 2016. She made appearances on the AVCA Under Armor Phenom Watch List all four seasons. Moellering played club volleyball for Karen Brown on A5 18-3.
Coach Krumdieck says: "Jordyn is adding a huge wealth of volleyball IQ. She plays amazing defense and can read the court well."
Emily Pope (Canton) is a Key Scholar from Cherokee High School, where she played for head coach Pam Bonitatibus. She was an All-Area Second Team choice as well as taking a spot on the All-County squad. Pope played her club ball at A5 18-3 under head coach Karen Brown.
Coach Krumdieck says: "Emily is a strong all-around player. Her consistency is exactly what we need to be successful this season."
Lauren Swift (Milton) comes to Milledgeville from Cambridge High School, playing under coaches Katie Johnson and Jasmin Small. A two-time All-State selection, she helped lead the Bears to the final four in her junior and senior seasons. She was a GVCA First Team selection in 2015. Swift played club volleyball for Karen Brown on A5 Volleyball Club.
Coach Krumdieck says: "Lauren's height will be an added bonus on the Right Side. Her strong block and exciting personality will bring a lot to this squad."
Erin Yeatman (Cumming) continues her volleyball at the next level after graduating from South Forsyth High School, where she played for Kelly Wren Brown. A two-time All-State pick, she was Region Player of the Year in 2016 and Region Defensive Player of the Year in her junior season. She was a 2016 GVCA Senior All-Star and a 2015 Max Preps Junior All-American. She played her club volleyball at A5 for head coach John Haroun.
Coach Krumdieck says: "Erin's defense and serve receive will only make our offense that much better. She plays at a high intensity level that makes the game so much more fun."
In 2016, the Bobcats went 17-14 for the program's first winning season, in a year featuring two four-match win streaks. The Bobcats cracked the NCAA Regional Rankings for the first time as well, reaching as high as No. 9. GC Volleyball won the PBC Sportsmanship Award, and Katie Ray picked up the Elite-15 Award, both firsts in program history. GC Volleyball helped power the department to its first PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year Award. Bobcat Athletics will release the fall schedule soon, stay tuned to GCBobcats.com.
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