by Graham Hill, sports information student
WINGATE, N.C. – Georgia College Women’s Volleyball (16-12) is set to make their second-straight NCAA Division II Regional Tournament appearance, opening the tournament with a rematch of the Peach Belt (PBC) championship against Augusta University (24-7) Thursday, Nov. 15 at noon.
The Bobcats made a strong run in the PBC Tournament, taking down Flagler College in the first round, and then upsetting top-seeded USC Aiken in the semifinals before falling to Augusta in four sets in the championship. Georgia College faced off with Augusta twice during the regular season, winning both matches 3-1, and 3-0 respectively.
Sophomore Libby Bochniak (Marietta, Georgia) led the way for the Bobcats with 18 kills in the first matchup with Augusta this season, and PBC Co-Player of the Year Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) was close behind with 16 during the match, hitting .306. In the second match, Emily Crowell (Horseheads, New York) carried the load for Georgia College, recording 10 kills on just 25 attacks. Emily Pope (Canton, Georgia) had an efficient match from the left side, recording six kills and no errors. In that second match, Georgia College had five players with double digits in digs, and held the Jaguars to a .034 hitting percentage. The Bobcats will look to smother the Jaguars attack in their fourth meeting this season.
The Bobcats will rely on Svehla for kills, who led Georgia College with 362 this season. Svehla also topped the PBC with 111 total blocks in 2018. Bochniak played a big role for Georgia College this season; recording 330 kills while averaging 3.47 digs per set, both second on the team. Bochniak was also selected for the All-PBC Second Team, the youngest player in GC Volleyball history to receive All-PBC honors.
Senior Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) joined Bochniak on the All-PBC Second Team, once again topping 1,000 assists on the season, good enough for second in the PBC. Sophomore Jordyn Moellering (Cumming, Georgia) will play a crucial role in the back row for the Bobcats. Moellering led the team with 548 digs this season.
Georgia College will also need strong performances from outside hitters Crowell and Pope. Crowell tallied 161 kills this season, and Pope added 145.
The winner of this match will take on the winner of USC Aiken (21-4) vs. Lincoln Memorial University (20-9).
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