MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College volleyball team (3-9, 1-4 PBC) took the first set from USC Aiken (8-4, 3-1 PBC), but the Pacers rallied for the final three in a loss for the Bobcats at the Centennial Center Wednesday night.
Georgia College edged the Pacers 25-23 in the first set, getting five kills from Rachel Reynolds (Marietta, Ga.). The Pacers evened out the affair with a 25-21 second set, then dominated set three 25-14. The Bobcats wouldn't let USCA off easy in the fourth, going to extra points at a 26-24 finish.
Neither team posted a lead of more than five points in the fourth set, that lead belonging to the Bobcats at 11-6. After surrendering the lead, the Bobcats tied it at 22, 23 and 24. The Pacers got blocks on the final two possessions for the 26-24 final, both coming from the pair of Ashley Deidrich and Hannah Tierney.
Reynolds led all players with 18 kills, hitting .250. Adding in a pair of blocks and a service ace, Reynolds attributed 20 points. Caroline Long (Roswell, Ga.) matched her season-best with nine kills, hitting a solid .263.
Ashton Bigler (Fairborn, Ga.) and Caroline Ham (Marietta, Ga.) tied for the team lead with 18 digs, aided by 10 for Micayla Patterson (Tyrone, Ga.). Patterson notched her third double-double of the season with 43 assists. Ham tallied six assists as well. Ashley Savransky (Roswell, Ga.) added 11 points to the fray with eight kills, two aces and a pair of blocks.
The Bobcats hit .160 on the night, bettered by USC Aiken's .225. The Pacers put three in double-digit kills, 13 from Taylor Stratton, 11 from Deidrich and 10 from Tierney.
The net game hurt the Bobcats tonight, as the Pacers had a blocking advantage of 15-5, including 6-1 in the final set.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., hosting Lander University.
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