Bobcat Volleyball Advances to PBC Semifinals after Four-Set Win over FMU

Junior Ebony Powers
Junior Ebony Powers

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – For the first time in program history, the Georgia College Volleyball team (22-6) has earned a spot in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Semifinals, as the No. 3-seed Bobcats beat No. 6-seed Francis Marion University (9-18) in four sets at the Centennial Center Friday night.

The Bobcats advance to play No. 2-seed USC Aiken in the semifinals, after the Pacers beat No. 7-seed UNC Pembroke in four sets earlier today.

The win is the first victory in the PBC Tournament for the five-year GC Volleyball program, and it didn't come easy. The Bobcats battled past the Patriots with a 25-23 first set, finishing on a 4-1 run after getting down 22-21. After a slightly more comfortable 25-20 win in the second, Francis Marion took the third with a 25-20 score of their own. Georgia College came out clobbering in the fourth, hitting .256 in the frame to close it out 25-19. Tied at 13-13, Georgia College went on a nice 6-2 run to get some breathing room.

"Tonight was a great win," said PBC Coach of the Year Gretchen Krumdieck. "We knew it was going to be a tough match and I'm really proud of how the team fought. We are really looking forward to our match tomorrow."

Junior All-PBC selection Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) came one kill away from her personal best, tallying 20. The kill total still ranks sixth in the Bobcat recordbooks. Freshman Libby Bochniak (Marietta) tallied 12 kills with 17 digs, and Powers pulled up 13 digs as both posted double-doubles.

PBC Setter of the Year Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) tallied 51 assists, her sixth time with 50-plus in a match during her career. Tonight's action got Brockway up over the 3,000-assist mark for her career and the 1,000-assist mark for the season, as she stands now at 3,007 and 1,038. She owns the school's single-season record at 1,069. Senior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) led the defensive effort with 20 digs.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. against the Pacers. The two teams split action during the regular season.

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