Abbey Hannah goes up for a kill during Monday night's match at Bryan College, while Madison Killen looks on. The Lady Bobcats lost the match, three sets to none.
Abbey Hannah goes up for a kill during Monday night’s match at Bryan College, while Madison Killen looks on. The Lady Bobcats lost the match, three sets to none.

(Dayton, TN) – The Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats turned in a gutsy effort on Monday night, but the hill ultimately proved too tall to climb as they fell to Bryan College’s junior varsity squad, 25-17, 25-14, 25-15, in a match played at Summers Gymnasium in Dayton.

With just six players on the roster, Georgia Northwestern quickly fell behind to the taller and deeper NAIA club and spent the rest of the evening trying to claw their way back into the match.

They looked to have turned the corner in the second set when they rallied from a 6-0 hole to pull within a point at 9-8. However, an unforced error would end the 9-3 run and the Lions would counter with a 9-3 run of their own to regain the momentum for good.

Already short-handed, the Lady Bobcats were put further behind the eight-ball just two points into the third set when setter Nicole Rayburn suddenly became ill.

After a meeting between the coaches and the referee, Georgia Northwestern was allowed to continue the match with just five players. They showed tremendous heart and hustle by hanging around with some outstanding defense, but the numbers eventually proved too much to overcome as the Lions pulled away to clinch the match.

Head coach Carrie Powell said she was proud of her team’s effort.

“That obviously wasn’t the ideal situation to be in during that third set,” she explained. “We do have a couple of girls that played setter in high school so we were okay there. It was an unfortunate situation, but we were able to make it work.”

Powell describe the night as a “roller coaster ride”.

“We were down 8-9 in that first set and we missed a serve,” she added. “Later we got back to within a couple of points, but hit the net and went back downhill again. Then we’d claw our way back up and have another error and go back down again. It was like that most of the night.

“We have to find our groove and find a way to stay on our groove and not fall back off that cliff.”

The Lady Bobcats will finally open their home schedule this Friday when they take on The Crown College at 7 p.m. at the Rossville Athletic Center. It will be Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Night at the R.A.C.

The match will be preceded by the “Rumble in Rossville”, a high school tri-match between Cleveland Christian School, Dogwood Christian School and Mountain View Christian School, starting at 3:30.

One admission price will be good for all four matches.