By Molly Johnson, Sports Information Assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Georgia College women's volleyball team (7-17, 2-13 PBC) set out for a road match against Columbus State University (11-12, 6-7 PBC) that ended 3-1 Tuesday.
The Cougars came out strong in the first set, seeking revenge after losing to the Bobcats 3-1 Sept. 30. Columbus State snatched the first set with a staggering score 25-6. The second set was a different story as the Bobcats put up a strong fight but fell in the end 25-23. The Bobcats continued to improve in the match as they took the third set 25-21. The Cougars momentum could not be stalled long enough for the Bobcats however, as the match ended with a fourth set score of 25-16.
With long rally points throughout the match, the Bobcat defense had to put in plenty of work. Four ended the game registering double-digit digs. Junior Ella Anastasiades (Atlanta) led the team with 20, which is good to keep her in the second spot on the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) list for digs per set with 4.83. Mollie Michel (Peachtree City) added yet another double-double to her resume with 24 assists and 11 digs. Lindsay Holmes (Norcross) and Maggie Roper (Buford) contributed 14 and 12 digs, respectively. Sophomore Miller Howard (Suwanee) hammered down the most kills for the squad with nine.
Bailey Freeman (Hillsborough, North Carolina) further extended her single-season record with four blocks to give her a total of 69. She remains at the top of the PBC, averaging 1.15 a set.
The Cougars' front row attacked the Bobcats with everything they had. Three players captured double-digit kills, with two of them creating double-doubles. Senior Katie Poole was the stand-out player of the match with 15 kills and 23 digs. Erika Gelzinyte was the other Cougar that recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 17 digs. Megan Frame rounded out the strong front row with 12 kills.
The Bobcats' next match will be a road contest against Francis Marion University Friday, Sept. 31 at 7 p.m.
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