Bobcat Volleyball Drops Five-Set Thriller to PBC Champion Flagler

Senior Chandler Ewaldsen
Senior Chandler Ewaldsen

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – After stumbling at the start, the Georgia College Volleyball team (21-6, 8-4 PBC) responded in a big way Sunday, pushing the match with 2017 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Champion Flagler College (22-3, 11-1 PBC) to the distance in a five-set loss at the Centennial Center.  

The Saints nabbed the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-16. Georgia College battled back with a pair of tight wins in 26-24 and 25-22, and after a back-and-forth final set, Flagler took it 16-14. The Bobcats had the final frame knotted up 14-14, but a Sara Davis kill followed by a block from Flagler's Taja Valmyr and Raquel Kulak closed it out.

Prior to the match, GC Volleyball honored lone senior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) for Senior Day. Ewaldsen is the school's leader in career, single-season and single-match digs.

"I'm so proud of the fight in this team," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "Chandler had an excellent match and exactly what you want for your senior on Senior Day. She is the glue to our team. Everyone rallied around her and we are so focused on the conference tournament this week."

Setter Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) ran a great offense once again with 51 assists, adding 12 digs to the cause. The assist total marks the fifth time Brockway has had 50 or more in a match during her career, and the most since a school-record 56 against Francis Marion University Sept. 22.

The numbers were strong for the Bobcats, as a trio of attackers reached double-digit kills. Freshman Libby Bochniak (Marietta) had a career-best 16, while junior Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) cracked 15 kills and freshman Emma Boughner (Bogart) added her career-best with 13. Powers supplied a team-high 19 points for the match, adding three aces and a pair of block assists.

Ewaldsen led the defense with 35 digs, the second-best total in school history, runner-up to her 44 digs against Mars Hill College in 2016. The Bobcats got three double-doubles, as Brockway had 51 assists and 12 digs, Bochniak 16 kills and 20 digs, and Powers 15 kills and 14 digs. Freshman Jordyn Moellering (Cumming) had a 13-dig match, giving Georgia College five in double-digits.

The loss doesn't change the Bobcats' positioning in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) standings, as they take third, the highest finish in school history. As the No. 3-seed for the upcoming PBC Tournament, Georgia College will take on No. 6-seed Francis Marion University in the first round. The Bobcats and Patriots will square off Friday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. For the second-straight season, Georgia College is the host school for the PBC Volleyball Tournament.

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