by Molly Johnson, sports information student assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College volleyball team (5-23, 2-16 PBC) took tonight's battle against GRU Augusta (8-24, 2-16 PBC) into all five sets at the Centennial Center, but came up just short, losing 3-2.
The Bobcats came out swinging, taking the first set 25-22. The match then bounced back and forth with the Jaguars winning the second and third sets, 25-15 and 25-20, and the Bobcats the third set, 25-16. Unfortunately, the Bobcats could not hold on to an early lead in the fifth set and the Jaguars won, 15-13.
Georgia College led as late as 9-8 in the fifth set, but the Jaguars responded with four straight points to take it over 12-9, keeping the momentum from there.
"This one kind of hurt a bit," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "But it's an opportunity to learn, and I can guarantee we won't be in that situation again. We were up big and we let them get back in. Losses like this reinforce what we talk about in practice."
Freshman Rachel Reynolds (Marietta, Ga.) led the Bobcats with 15 kills. Caroline Long (Roswell, Ga.) aided Reynolds efforts, adding 10. Haley Ashworth (Cumming, Ga.) rounded out the top three hitters, tallying seven. The Bobcats hitting (.111) was outmatched by the Jaguars at .231. Georgia College posted a match-best set of .302 in the first.
Ashworth led the way for the Bobcats defensively, adding 17 digs to the Bobcats' total of 64. Caroline Ham (Marietta, Ga.) accompanied Ashworth with 16. Setter Micayla Patterson (Tyrone, Ga.) ended with a total of 36 assists for the night, putting her over 900 on the season at 907.
The Jaguars had three players with double-digit kills. Paige Tuttle and Jenna Keeler tied with 14. Kristen Koch recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs. The team had two other players with double-digit digs. Catherine DeSilvester tallied the most with 18 and Maggie Darling added 10.
The Bobcats will be back in action in the Centennial Center, Saturday Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. against Paine College, the final match of the inaugural season of GC volleyball. The Bobcats will host a "White-Out to Wipe Out Cancer" night, with multiple fundraisers for the American Cancer Society.
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