Georgia Northwestern Keeps Home Streak Intact With Win Over Covenant JV
by Don Foley
posted September 25, 2010

The undefeated streak of Georgia Northwestern Technical College continued on its home floor on Friday night. The Lady Cats extended their home record to 18-0 over their first four season of collegiate competition with a sweep of Covenant College’s JV squad winning three games-to-none.

A 2010 schedule with dates against some of the top SEC and ACC volleyball club powers has well prepared Georgia Northwestern for its one-on-one dates. Friday night was no exception as the Lady Cats pounced on Covenant College early and often dropping the well-established program 25-13, 25-19, 25-13 in a home match at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville.

This is one of several matches that Georgia Northwestern has scheduled with the junior varsity squads of area four-year colleges. A standout from East Ridge High School’s last state title team, freshman Lady Cat Cambrie Gustafson left her mark on the blue-and-white from the top of Lookout Mountain.

Gustafson, a 5’8″ outside hitter, pounded the Scot front line for 14 kills, as well as serving up five aces and blocking a pair of Covenant kill shots. “She is one of many big hitters we have this year. Cambrie has really helped lead the way,” said Georgia Northwestern coach Tricia Goodwin.

“They played well to a home crowd that deserved to see a great match,” she added.

The extremely competitive 2010 schedule full of matches with programs from some of the best four-year colleges in the region leaves the Lady Cats with only two home dates on its schedule.

Georgia Northwestern’s Sabrina Garcia (LaFayette) pounded down 11 kills on the opposition. Carrie Hawkins-Powell (Ridgeland) opened fire on Covenant with nine kills of her own. Lady Cat Leah Swanson (Ringgold) dished out 15 assists in the win. Brittany Goforth (Ridgeland) added 14 of her own. Freshman Lady Cat Cayce Gearrin (GPS) led the back row with nine digs on the night.

“We were excited with the result. Hey, this is a good team filled with some hard-working student-athletes. They are players whose families and communities are behind them and the program,” said Goodwin.

They’ll get their next chance to see the Lady Cats (9-6) next Thursday in Carrollton at West Georgia Tech. Georgia Northwestern’s next home match will be a tri-match on Oct. 16 at The RAC.

Upon inspection of their schedule, you quickly see that these dates are peppered in between huge tournament dates this fall. “Yeah, we play West Georgia Tech in a few days, but then we face the four-year power schools again on Oct. 2 at the University of Tennessee tournament in Knoxville,” said Goodwin. Among the names the Lady Cats will be facing are host Tennessee, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky.

For more information on the Lady Cats Varsity Volleyball program at Georgia Northwestern, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at (706) 764-3813. You can also e-mail the Bobcats Sports Information Office at dfoley@gntc.edu.

Fall Quarter classes begin at Georgia Northwestern online and on-campus on Sept. 28.