Leadership propelling wins for volleyball
The GC women’s volleyball team has started their season with an impressive 8-6 record as they head into the midst of conference play.
The team comes off a win against Augusta in four tight sets, and now they have won six of their last eight games. The team posts a 1-1 record in conference play so far this season as they prepare to hit the second half of their schedule against mostly PBC opponents.
Freshman Emma Boughner from North Oconee high school has greatly contributed to the team even as a freshman. Boughner is tied for leading the team in saves and is third in kills. Boughner says the team is coming around as of late.
“We haven’t been playing the way we can, but in our last couple of games, we have shown what we can do,” Boughner said. “Playing together has led to our success.
To continue this success Boughner stated that the team needs to continue to play as one unit. Preparation is also key, making sure they watch film and understand their competition, so that they come into a game ready for their opponent.
Another great leader for this team is senior Kayla Brockway from Jacksonville. Brockway was preseason All-PBC and has lived up to those expectations. Brockway has specialized in setting up her teammates this season with 511 assists, which ranks second in the conference.
“Over the years, I have learned how to conduct myself on the court in a way where regardless of the score on the board, I can play cool, calm and collected but still with a passion and fire to help propel the team towards a win,” Brockway said.
Brockway’s experience over her years with the team have made her a leader and a standout player. She said she is ready to take on the rest of her senior season and help the Bobcat team finish strong.
“It’s a matter of staying disciplined and fully invested in the rest of the season no matter what is thrown at us,” Brockway said.
The leadership of coach Gretchen Krumdieck has also aided the team to throughout this season.
“We have a lot of experience and our defense is good right now,” Krumdieck said. “We are playing very scrappy right now.”
Gretchen said this great defensive play has helped them in weaknesses that they have, the main weakness being the size and height advantage most teams have on GC.
“When we use all of our strengths to work around that big block, we are able to frustrate a lot of teams,” Krumdieck stated.
The main goal of the season for the team is to come out of conference play with a solid record. They’ve had success recently, and Krumdieck said the team needs to use that as a strength as they moves into difficult play.
The Bobcats look to continue to build on their good season so far as they prepare for the second half of their schedule.