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Bobcat Athletics: A year in review


Women's volleyball

GC Women’s Volleyball had a spectacular season this fall, setting several new precedents for the program.

They had their first 20-win season and won their first conference tournament game. They also made their first NCAA tournament appearance and won their first NCAA postseason game.

The Bobcats also beat rival USC Aiken for the first time this season, victorious in three out of four matchups with the Pacers. is successful season for the team seems to has been inevitable as fans have seen steady progress in the program’s five-year history.

Head Coach Gretchen Krumdieck also received the Coach of the Year award in the Peach Belt.

Athletic Director Wendell Staton spoke highly of the job Krumdieck has done with the program.

“I’m just really proud of Gretchen,” Staton said. “She’s doing a great job. I’m thrilled to death with her and the success of the program.”

GC Volleyball will only lose one senior and will hope to improve on this fantastic season next fall.

Esports

The GC League of Legends team also had some firsts for the school this fall as they have won both of their matchups against Francis Marion and UNC Pembroke. The team has been dominant early on, sweeping both matches.

Women's Soccer

Amanda Bartholomew had an incredible season for GC Women’s Soccer, scoring nineteen goals and assisting on six others, earning All- America honors as well as PBC Player of the Year. Despite her fabulous form this season, Bartholomew didn’t expect to receive any honors at the Peach Belt banquet.

“I wasn’t expecting it in the slightest,” said Bartholomew.

However, she may have been the only person in the room surprised by the award, as she averaged more than one goal per game this season. Despite her humility, Bartholomew said she was thrilled to receive the award.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be recognized for something I worked so hard for,” Bartholomew said.

is was only the second time in GC history that a player has been named to one of the All America teams, the first being goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett in 2009.

Bartholomew will look to lead GC to more firsts as she returns for her senior year in 2018.

Cross Country

Both men’s and women’s cross country had seasons that set a standard for GC runners to come. This year was the first time the men’s team has had three all-conference runners.

On the women’s side, Katherine Yost had the best individual season in GC Cross Country history.

Yost won the school’s rst PBC Ru

nner of the Year award on her way to her second consecutive appearance at nationals where she placed 74th out of over 200 runners.

“She’s setting the standard for what people are going to need to run at in the future,” said Head Coach Steven Cary.

Yost holds nearly every record for GC Women’s Cross Country at GC, and her lightning fast times will add some extra motivation for future GC runners.

Yost tore up the competition this season, winning every race up until regionals and nationals.

“Katherine is one of the athletes a coach gets a few times in a lifetime,” Cary said.

Despite all of the accolades she received this season, Yost doesn’t run to get awards.

“I don’t really do it for the recognition,” Yost said. “I am an extremely competitive person, so it’s nice to win, but I wasn’t going to be heartbroken if I didn’t get those things.”

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