CARROLLTON, Ga. – The Georgia College volleyball team (1-2) lost a pair of four-set battles Friday at the West Georgia Tournament, falling first to Valdosta State University (1-0) then the University of West Alabama (1-1) in non-conference action.
In both matches, the Bobcats took the first set before their opponents rallied to win the final three.
Against VSU, Georgia College won the first set 25-20 before the Blazers won 27-25, 25-9 and 25-21.
Rachel Reynolds (Marietta, Ga.) led all scorers with 17 kills. Caroline Long (Roswell, Ga.) was second on the squad with eight. Miller Howard (Suwanee, Ga.) had a near double-double with seven kills and 11 digs. Ella Anastasiades (Atlanta) posted a match-high 16 digs. Setter Micayla Patterson (Tyrone, Ga.) had another solid game with 36 assists and six digs.
The Bobcats finished with a .169 hitting percentage, dwarfed by VSU's .246. Lelalelei Nomura led the Blazers with 15 kills and a .462 attack percentage.
Match two was unfortunately more of the same for Georgia College, taking the first set 25-22 and losing the final three battles to West Alabama 25-17, 25-22 and 25-22.
The match did feature the first double-double in school history, as Howard tallied 12 kills and 11 digs. Reynolds had double-digit kills for the second-straight game, adding 11 to the effort.
It was digs aplenty for Georgia College in match two, as four individuals got into double figures, led by Caroline Ham (Marietta, Ga.) with 17. Added to Howard's 11 were Anastasiades with 11 and Lindsay Holmes (Norcross, Ga.) at 10. Patterson once again ran the offense with 31 assists. Blake Willoughby (Savannah, Ga.) was active on the front line with six total blocks, recording one solo and five assists.
Neither team hit very well in game two, with the Bobcats owning an .093 and the Tigers a .169. UWA's Jessica Voyles had a match-high 14 kills, while Lindsey Ball came up big with 25 digs.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Sept. 7 with two more matches of the West Georgia Tournament, facing Malone University at 9 a.m. and closing the tourney with host University of West Georgia at 4:30 p.m.
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