Bobcat Volleyball Finishes Off Francis Marion in Four

Junior Taylor Svehla
Junior Taylor Svehla

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Volleyball team (17-5, 6-3 PBC) outlasted a tenacious Francis Marion University squad (7-15, 2-7 PBC) Saturday night, the Bobcats picking up a four-set win in the Centennial Center.

Georgia College cruised to a 25-14 first set win, and it looked like it would be a short night. FMU made some adjustments in the second, leading as late as 17-16. The Bobcats went on a 9-1 run from there, closing the set 25-18 on an Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) kill. The Patriots came out of the break firing on all cylinders in set four, taking the set 25-19 in a tight frame throughout, setting up a great Bobcat comeback in the fourth.

Set four started off the worst of the bunch for Georgia College, as FMU began with an 8-0 run. The Bobcats chipped away, eventually tying the set 21-21 in the middle of a 9-1 run of their own. The Patriots wouldn't give up, and it took extra points, but a block by Taylor Svehla (Cumming) and Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) closed it out at 26-24.

"Tonight was a great match," said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. "We had to work hard to earn points against a scrappy Francis Marion team. This match was a good adversity test for us."

For the second-straight match, sophomore Emily Crowell (Horseheads, New York) paced the Bobcats in kills, this time with 14, on an impressive .379 hitting. She was flanked by freshman Libby Bochniak (Marietta) and Svehla at 10 kills each. Svehla had a great first set with six kills on 10 attacks without a single error.

Brockway had a 38-assist, 21-dig double-double, her second-straight. Her dig total led the squad, featuring a quartet in double digits. Powers and Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) each had 14, while Jordyn Moellering (Cumming) added 12. The Bobcats had nine team blocks, Svehla leading the way at one solo and six assists.

The win puts Georgia College at 6-3 in league play, good for third in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Standings. The Bobcats have three conference contests remaining.

Georgia College moves to 3-7 all-time against Francis Marion, but GC Volleyball has now swept the 2017 season series.

The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., playing host to Augusta University. The Jaguars beat the Bobcats 3-1 in September on the road.

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