MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Down two sets to one, the Georgia College volleyball squad (2-4, 1-0 PBC) rallied in a big way to pick up the first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victory in school history over the University of Montevallo (3-2, 0-1 PBC) in five sets Friday night.
The Bobcats took the tight first set 25-21, then dropped the next two 25-18 and 25-19. Georgia College picked up set three 25-19 before closing it out in five, 15-13. The match was every bit as hotly contested as the scores suggest.
After the first four sets reached a deadlock at 2-2, the Bobcats jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in set five. Montevallo rebounded from the run with a 7-3 stretch of their own, making it 9-7 Georgia College. Another surge by the Falcons eventually gave them a 12-11 lead on a kill from Michelle Carle.
Georgia College would then rattle off the final four points to close the win. The Bobcats got a kill from Rachel Reynolds (Marietta, Ga.), an ace from Ashley Savransky (Roswell, Ga.) and two more kills from Reynolds to seal the win.
Reynolds led all attackers with a school record 26 kills, besting her previous mark of 19 set last weekend. She hit .339 on the day as well. The next highest attacker was Miller Howard (Suwanee, Ga.) with nine kills, adding 10 digs to narrowly miss a double-double.
Pulling in her second double-double of the year was Micayla Patterson (Tyrone, Ga.) combining a whopping 50 assists with 13 digs. The leading defender in digs was Caroline Ham (Marietta, Ga.) with 31. Both Ham's and Patterson's efforts are also school records. Ella Anastasiades (Atlanta) and Ashton Bigler (Fairborn, Ga.) also recorded double-digit digs with 18 and 16, respectively.
The Bobcats were out-hit .204 to .177, despite Georgia College's hot start of .361 in the first set. Montevallo put three attackers in double-digit kills, led by 17 from Rebekah Phelps and 14 each from Manyi Ati and Michelle Carle. The Falcons were stingy along the front line with 14 total blocks, compared to Georgia College's three. Leading the Falcon front were Ati and Carle with six each.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Sept. 14 at noon against Columbus State University, adding a match against the University of West Georgia at 4 p.m.
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