MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With two of the sets going extra points, the Georgia College volleyball team (5-22, 2-15 PBC) picked up a hard-fought four-set win over UNC Pembroke (15-18, 4-12 PBC) Saturday in the Centennial Center.
The victory snaps a nine-match losing streak, and a 15-match losing streak in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play for the Bobcats. Georgia College dominated the first set 25-16, dropping the second 27-25. After a solid 25-18 effort in the third, the Bobcats clinched the win with a 30-28 marathon in the fourth.
Georgia College did it with impressive hitting, balance and surprising net play, particularly late.
Rachel Reynolds (Marietta, Ga.) led all attackers with 19 kills and a .302 hitting percentage, adding four blocks. Blake Willoughby (Savannah, Ga.) was nearly lights-out at a .600 hitting percentage, posting just a single error with 16 kills, a career-best. Rounding out the trio of double-digit attackers was Ashley Savransky (Roswell, Ga.) with 11, also a career-high. Savransky had six blocks and Willoughby four, as Georgia College posted 11 to UNCP's five.
Caroline Ham (Marietta, Ga.) once again led the team in digs with 16, getting 13 from Ella Anastasiades (Atlanta) and 12 from Haley Ashworth (Cumming, Ga.). Micayla Patterson (Tyrone, Ga.) tallied 50 assists, her second-highest total on the season and best effort in matches of four sets or less.
The Bobcats out-hit UNCP .242 to .152, with the best set for Georgia College coming in the errorless first at .382. UNCP was led by 18 kills from Sarah Bower and 14 digs and 47 assists from Shekinah-Joy Toloumu.
GC volleyball is back in action Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. wrapping up PBC play by hosting GRU Augusta (7-24, 1-16 PBC). The Jaguars most recently lost to Francis Marion University 3-0 today.
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