By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Georgia College Volleyball (9-5, 3-3 PBC) won one and lost one during day one action at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC)/South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Crossover tournament. The Bobcats faced SAC opponents Mars Hill College (3-12, 1-9 SAC) and Tusculum College (9-9, 5-7 SAC) Friday afternoon.
Match one got the Bobcats their ninth victory of the season. The Blue and Green battled the Mountain Lions around lunchtime, winning the match 3-2. The first three sets were tight ones. Georgia College came out on the top of the first one, 25-23, but Mars Hill responded, winning set two 25-21. The Bobcats matched the first set with a 25-23 "W" in set three, but once again, Mars Hill answered, shutting down the Bobcat offense to a 25-14 set four loss. The Bobcats pulled out the win in the tie-breaking set, beating the Mountain Lions 15-10.
Sophomore Ebony Powers (Jacksonville, Florida) had a monstrous game, recording her career-high 19 kills. That stat ties her for the third-most kills in Georgia College history, a record held by former Bobcat Rachel Reynolds twice and current libero Chandler Ewaldsen (Savannah, Georgia). Powers averaged .237 for the game and grabbed 22 points. She also had 13 digs, giving her fifth double-double of the season.
Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia), Blake Willoughby (Savannah, Georgia) and Ashley Savransky (Roswell, Georgia) also had strong attacking games. Svehla took nine kills for the first Friday match, while the other two Bobcats grabbed eight.
Ewaldsen had the best defensive numbers from the victory. She recorded 44 digs, the team-high for the match and the all-time Georgia College record for digs in an individual match.
Setter Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) marked similar stats on the offensive side. She got her season-high 52 assists and 13 digs. The 52 assists also got a spot in the record book for the third-most behind Brockway's own record of 55 and former Bobcat Micayla Patterson's 54 assists.
After a short rest, the Bobcats took the court again for match against the Tusculum Pioneers. The Pioneers handed the Bobcats their fifth loss of the season in a tough, four-set battle. Georgia College won the first set, 25-20, but couldn't top the Pioneers in the last three sets, losing 25-19, 27-25 and 25-22.
Powers had another dominating match, recording 16 kills in 39 attempts for a .333 average.
Senior Caroline Long (Roswell, Georgia) took 11 kills, while Svehla got 10 of her own to round out the strong offense for the Bobcats.
Ewaldsen wore the different color jersey again and recorded 24 digs for the Bobcat defense.
Brockway also helped out as starting setter of the second match. She marked 38 assists and eight digs.
"We had a great team effort today," head coach Gretchen Krumdieck said. "We fought hard against Mars Hill and came up with the win. Tusculum is a good team with a quick attack. We battled but came up short. We are looking forward to getting back on the court tomorrow.
Bobcats finish out the tournament Saturday against SAC schools, Lincoln Memorial University and Carson-Newman College. The Georgia College ladies take the court at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
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