• Alex Jones | Sports Editor

GC athletes near top in PBC ranks

While the fall semester approaches its midpoint, so do the regular season schedules for the in-season GC athletic teams. The squads have experienced victory and defeat, success and disappointment but they expect to build on these factors as they prepare for the latter half of the fall schedule.

Recent events for the men’s and women’s cross-country teams are exactly what the Bobcats want to build on as they work towards their three remaining races.

The women’s team placed first of 43 at the Louisville Classic on Sept. 29. Sophomore Sydney Brown was the lead runner for the Bobcats at the meet, securing the front runner position for the second time this season.

The men’s team produced their own success in Kentucky as they placed second of 35 in the same event. The Bobcats were led by the Silliman brothers, Colin and Brennan, who both placed in the Top 10 in a field of 276 runners.

The men’s golf team has seen their own victories through two tournaments in their fall season. Their highest finish came on Oct. 2 as they finished second of eight at the UNG Fall Invitational in Dahlonega.

The Bobcats’ golf team is led by junior Austin Mancilla and sophomore Daniel Davis who have both averaged below par throughout their only two tournaments. Mancilla placed in the Top 10 in both of the events.

Mancilla is No. 2 in The Peach Belt Conference for lowest scoring average with 70.3. Following Mancilla at No. 3 is Davis, who has averaged 70.7. As a team, the Bobcats are No. 2 in the PBC with a lowest scoring average of 286.8.

Women’s volleyball has produced a 10-8 record with nine remaining regular season matches. Their most recent match resulted in a win as they topped Lander 3-2.

Standout athlete for the volleyball team is senior Taylor Svehla, who is in the Top 4 in five statistical categories for the PBC. Svehla is No. 2 in kills with 254 and No. 2 in points at 316.5. Senior Kayla Brockway follows close behind at No. 4 in the PBC with 667 assists.

Women’s soccer is experiencing a sensational season led by a stingy defense and a promising offense. With a 8-2-2 record through the first 12 games, the Bobcats look to finish the regular season strong before entering post-season play.

The offense is headed by senior Amanda Bartholomew, who leads GC with eight goals, fifth best in the PBC.

The defense is anchored with arguably the best goalkeeper in the PBC Ashlee Graham. Graham has only allowed four goals all season, has 54 saves and has a .931 save percentage.

All of the GC fall athletic teams are in great positions to finish their respective seasons strong and contend for conference championships.

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