WINGATE, N.C.– Sixth-seeded Georgia College Volleyball (17-12) defeated third-seeded Augusta University (24-8) in four sets in a scrappy and physical quarterfinal matchup of the NCAA Southeast Regional Thursday.
After dropping the first set 25-20, the Bobcats went on a rampage and won the final three sets 25-20, 25-22, and 25-19. Georgia College didn't play their game in the first set, and had a lot of errors, hitting just .061. Senior Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) was held without a kill in the first set, but dominated the rest of the match recording six kills in two of the last three frames and hitting .455 in the second, and an unbelievable .556 in the fourth.
Senior setter Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) made plays all over the court throughout the match, she recorded a double-double with 41 assists and 18 digs. Brockway really stuffed the stat sheet adding two blocks and provided pinpoint offense at the most crucial times with six well placed kills. Sophomore Lauren Talele (Woodstock, Georgia) didn't fill up the stat sheet, but came up with acrobatic digs when the Bobcats needed them most and made a noticeable impact in the back row.
Outside hitters Emily Crowell (Horseheads, New York) and Libby Bochniak (Marietta Georgia), each had strong matches, recording 12 and 13 kills respectively. Bochniak also recorded a double-double with 11 digs.
Georgia College couldn't be stopped in the last three sets and played a very efficient game on both sides of the ball. Despite struggling to get things going in the first set, their hitting and passing was near its best the remainder of the match and helped to neutralize an incredibly talented Augusta team. Sophomore Emma Boughner (Bogart, Georgia) helped greatly with stopping that attack, adding a team-high five blocks during the match.
"Set one we were trying to figure out how we were gonna navigate through it, and [we] did a great job of just staying calm and stepping on the gas so I'm really proud of them today, it was a good team effort" said head coach Gretchen Krumdiek after the match. The Bobcats really did win the match as a team, getting big contributions from everyone on the court, and spreading the wealth on both offense and defense.
The Bobcats won their fourth and final meeting with Augusta, winning the season series 3-1, and playing their best volleyball when it counted the most. Georgia College will look to even the season series with second-seed USC Aiken tomorrow, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. after beating them 3-1 when they met recently in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) semifinal.