MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Volleyball team (23-6) made short work of one of the best teams in the region Saturday in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Semifinals, taking down 2016 NCAA Southeast Region Champion USC Aiken (25-5) in straight sets in the Centennial Center.
The win puts No. 3-seed Georgia College in their first PBC Volleyball Championship match tomorrow against No. 1-seed Flagler College, which swept No. 4-seed Augusta University in action earlier today.
The Pacers nabbed the first point in set one, but Georgia College never trailed again after that, taking the set 25-20. In set two, the Bobcats started with a 4-0 run, and the lead never changed hands in a 25-17 score. USCA turned the tables in the third with a 5-0 lead to start, but the Bobcats responded with a 14-4 run, and finished the match 25-21.
"Today was a great match," said PBC Coach of the Year Gretchen Krumdieck. "The team was so focused on the game plan and they executed it perfectly. We have done a fantastic job of staying in the moment and that is the game plan for tomorrow."
A day after reaching the 3,000-assist mark for her career, PBC Setter of the Year Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) broke her own Bobcat single-season record for assists in today's action, tallying 43 for 1,081, besting her old mark of 1,069.
A trio of attackers reached double-digits in kills Saturday, led by 16 from freshman Libby Bochniak (Marietta). Sophomore Emily Crowell (Horseheads, New York) added 11 and All-PBC selection Taylor Svehla (Cumming) posted 10. Crowell was lights-out, having just a single error for a .556 hitting percentage. Bochniak and Svehla each posted double-doubles, adding 13 and 11 digs, respectively.
Senior Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah) led the defensive effort once again with 21 digs, leading a quartet in double-digits. Along with Bochniak and Svehla, freshman Jordyn Moellering (Cumming) pulled up 11.
The PBC Championship matchup between the Bobcats and Saints is set for tomorrow, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Centennial Center.
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