It’s a golden rule of scheduling. Four-year programs usually don’t schedule their varsity squads to play two-year colleges because they say it’s a no-win situation.
If you beat the smaller college, it’s expected. If you lose, people wonder what happened.
In 2010, the junior varsity aquads of the area’s four-year colleges are finding out that it’s also a no-win situation facing two-year women’s volleyball power, Georgia Northwestern.
This past week was no exception.
The Lady Bobcats ran through both Bryan and Covenant Colleges’ JV teams this past Thursday atop Lookout Mountain before taking down Freewill Baptist and host Crown College in a Saturday tri-match in Powell, Tenn.
Hitters Cambrie Gustafson and Sabrina Garcia hammered home 18 and 17 kills, respectively, against Bryan, and Bryan transfer Cassie Cochran had 16 digs as GNTC won in four sets, 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 25-17.
The Lady Cats completed the sweep with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-19 win over the Lady Scots. Setter Leah Swanson had 29 assists in the win, while Gustafson and Garcia locked in for 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
“We played inspired ball,” said GNTC head coach Tricia Goodwin. “We have a lot of kinks to work out, but we are well on our way to be ready for our end-of-season tournament at Georgia Tech.”
In Tennessee, Cayce Gearrin had 13 digs and four aces, and Carrie Grier added 14 assista and two aces in a 25-14, 25-9, 25-14 sweep of Freewill. Jocelyn Ridley chipped in with 12 kills and six digs in the victory.
Then against Crown, Gustafson finished with 13 kills, 10 digs, and three aces in a 25-16, 25-23, 13-25, 25-16 win. Brittany Goforth added 10 kills and two blocks, while Swanson and Gearrin contributed 20 assists and 24 digs, respectively, in the win.
Georgia Northwestern (27-11) will host Hiwassee College and West Georgia Technical College at the Rossville Athletic Complex on Saturday.