AIKEN, S.C. – The Peach Belt Conference held its annual awards banquet for volleyball Thursday night, with Georgia College’s Taylor Svehla earning PBC Co-Freshman of the Year.
“Taylor had a great freshman season,” said head coach Gretchen Krumdieck. “She is constantly working hard in practice and it paid off in our matches this year. I’m incredibly proud of her and looking forward to a bright future for her and her teammates.”
The Bobcat rookie and former South Forsyth High School standout had an impact season, averaging 2.68 kills per set, 0.95 blocks per set and a .254 hitting percentage. She posted 12 matches with double-digit kills, including a season-best 21 in a win over North Greenville University and 18 over the University of West Georgia.
Her 96 blocks this season set a school record, while 271 kills this year ranks second in program history.
Svehla shared the honor with Flagler College’s Tara Savisky, who also was named Co-Setter of the Year and took a spot on the All-PBC Second Team.
The Freshman of the Year honor gives Georgia College two in its three seasons of the new volleyball program, as Rachel Reynolds took the honor in 2013.
This was a breakthrough season for the 12-16 GC Volleyball team. The trip to the PBC Tournament was the first in program history in a season of firsts for Bobcat volleyball. Georgia College eclipsed the 10-win plateau for the first time, picked up their first road PBC win, and got their first PBC season series sweep in a banner year. The Bobcats also landed seven on the PBC All-Academic Team.