• Graham Hill | Staff Writer

Volleyball looking to stay hot as post season nears

GC Women’s Volleyball is in dazzling form as they approach the Peach Belt Conference tournament. The Bobcats have won 11 of their last 12 matches, including six in a row.

Georgia College (21-6) is flying high after taking down rival USC Aiken (22-4) in four sets for their first victory over the Pacers in program history. With all they have accomplished this year, the win is especially satisfying for Head Coach Gretchen Krumdieck.

“That was kind of the last monkey off of our back,” Krumdieck said. “We hadn’t beaten them yet.”

“It was an unbelievable feeling,” said senior Chandler Ewaldsen on notching their first win against their Peach Belt foe.

With that victory, GC has now beaten every team in the conference and has not lost a conference game at home.

GC will look to utilize home-court advantage heading into the postseason as the Bobcats will be hosting the Peach Belt Conference tournament Nov 17-19 at the Centennial Center.

“Home court advantage is real,” said junior setter Kayla Brockway. “If we get a bunch of people out, we always play better when we have people cheering for us.”

GC is looking to build on what is already shaping up to be their best season in program history. The players are more motivated than ever to continue their hot streak.

“They don’t want their season to end, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to win a match,” Krumdieck said.

The team this season has been thriving off of a key combination of veteran experience and young talent.

Offensively, the team has been lead by juniors Taylor Svehla and Ebony Powers, who have 251 and 253 kills, respectively.

Close behind those veteran hitters is freshman Libby Bochniak (220). Junior setter Kayla Brockway is leading the Peach Belt Conference with a staggering 987 assists. Freshman Emma Boughner’s 86 blocks are good for best on the team.

When asked what their success could be attributed to, Krumdieck adamantly stressed the importance of unity and playing as a team.

“I just think that [this season] we play better together than we ever have,” Krumdieck said.

Krumdieck also said that she had several fun team-bonding activities planned to maximize team chemistry as they approach the end of the season.

When asked how she planned to keep her team prepared for the postseason, Krumdieck talked about keeping her players on their toes both in and out of practice.

“They’ve come to expect that every day is going to be different,” Krumdieck said.

Freshman Libby Bochniak is confident that GC will carry their hot streak into the postseason.

“I think our energy was good [against USC Aiken], and I think that energy is still with us as we head into the conference tournament,” Bochniak said.

“We have to stay humble and stay focused, and I think that we can make it all the way to the end,” added Brockway.

Look to see the Bobcats defend their home court in the Peach Belt tournament beginning on Nov. 17.

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