MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Volleyball team (2-0) started the season with strong performances in the 2017 Bobcat Classic at the Centennial Center Friday. The Bobcats beat Emmanuel College (0-2) in straight sets, then took down Valdosta State University (1-1) in four.
"Today was a complete team effort," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "The chemistry we had kept us in matches when we were down and really pushed us through the finish line. I'm so proud of this team."
Both teams shook off rust in the first matchup as the Bobcats came out on top with sets of 25-16, 25-23 and 25-22.
Preseason All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) selection Taylor Svehla (Cumming) led the attack with 11 kills, hitting .207 on 29 attempts. She also added six digs to her line. Senior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) paced the defense with 16 digs, while junior setter Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) added 30 assists and four digs. Newcomer Libby Bochniak (Marietta) was impressive, tallying seven kills, two aces and eight digs.
The Bobcats fell to the Blazers 25-21 in the first set of the nightcap, but rallied back to sweep the next three 25-16, 25-23 and 25-15. A key change to the tide was the second set, as Georgia College jumped out to a 7-0 lead. They led by as much as 11 in the set after an Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) kill made it 20-9.
The Bobcats had three attackers with double-digit kills, led by Powers' 15. She added 10 digs for her first double-double of the young season. Bochniack and Svehla posted 10 kills each, with Svehla hitting a whopping .429. Ewaldsen led the way with 24 more digs, while Brockway had 48 assists to go with 13 digs in her double-double effort.
With her first assist in the second match of the day, Brockway became the first Bobcat setter to reach 2,000 assists in her career.
The Bobcats continue to host the classic tomorrow, Sept. 2, taking on Lees-McRae College at 1 p.m. and Anderson University at 5 p.m.
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