MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College volleyball squad (2-6, 1-1 PBC) hosted the first tri-match in school history Saturday, coming up short in efforts against Columbus State University (6-1, 2-0 PBC) 3-1 and the University of West Georgia (5-2) 3-2 in the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats took the tight first set 25-22, then dropped the next three 25-22 and 25-16 and 25-18.
Rachel Reynolds (Marietta, Ga.) once again led all attackers with 17 kills, hitting .593 and adding four blocks. Haley Ashworth (Cumming, Ga.) joined her on the attack with 10 kills. Caroline Ham (Marietta, Ga.) led the team in digs with 12, and Micayla Patterson (Tyrone, Ga.) ran the offense with 37 assists.
Georgia College hit .224 as a team, bested by CSU's .385 effort. Katie Poole recorded 14 kills for the Cougars, while Erika Gelzinyte added 12.
After West Georgia handed Columbus State the first loss of its season in four sets, the Bobcats and Wolves gutted out a five-set battle.
Georgia College again snagged the first set 25-19, dropping the second 25-17. The Bobcats edged a 25-22 set before UWG evened it back out in the fourth 25-13. The fifth set wouldn't end in regulation, as the Wolves took the match on a 21-19 effort.
Reynolds had 17 more kills to lead the Bobcats, with Ashworth again reaching double-digits with 14. Ham led three players in double-digit digs at 27, aided by 14 from Patterson and 11 from Ashton Bigler (Fairborn, Ga.). Patterson put up 45 assists as well for her third double-double this season.
The Bobcats hit .182 in this one, with the Wolves firing at a .274 clip. Emily Reul had 20 kills, as UWG got 15 from Amanda Miles and 14 from Lesley Bemis. Amanda Miller posted 51 assists, and 12 digs for a double-double, joined by Reul with her 15 digs.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., traveling to Fort Valley State University.
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