Lady Lions Volleyball Kicks off Season with Georgia College Tournament

Lady Lions Volleyball Kicks off Season with Georgia College Tournament
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Emmanuel Lady Lions traveled to Milledgeville, Ga this past weekend to compete in their first tournament of the year. The competition comprised of three other highly skilled teams including Georgia College, Anderson University, and Valdosta State University. While the ladies didn't get the wins they were looking for, this weekend allowed them the opportunity to test their skills.
 
On Friday the Lions kicked things off against Georgia College. Set one saw the ladies struggle to fight back after the Bobcats took an early lead. After a big kill by Georgia College's Ebony Powers, the Bobcats would go on a six point run to secure the lead for the remainder of the set. Sets two and three looked a little better for the ladies as they narrowly lost both sets. The scores were 16-25, 23-25 ,22-25 respectively. The lions were led by Jessica Gray with 9 kills.
 
Closing out Friday, Emmanuel faced Anderson University. With big hitters on the opposing team, the Lions couldn't hold on and took another 0-3 loss resulting in a final score of 15-25, 23-25, 16-25. The best performance for the Lions went to Julie de Blanck with a .357 kill ratio and Aysha Avery with 12 kills.
 
Finally, the lions ended the tournament against Valdosta State University. This time the ladies managed to take set one from the Blazers with a final kill from Jessica Gray. The Next three sets would be taken by Valdosta State with final scores of 25-20, 16-25, 20-25, 22-25. Middle hitter Julie de Blanck had an impressive 12 kills and 3 solo blocks. 
 
The tournament ended with the selection of the All-Tournament Team which included Emmanuel's Julie de Blanck.
 
Full list of All-Tournement Team:
Emmanuel – Julie de Blanck
Lees-McRae – Hannah Steckler
Valdosta State – Katie McInnis
Anderson – Marissa Mitter
Georgia College – Taylor Svehla
 
 
Next weekend the Ladies will host their own tournament at the Shaw Athletic Center. Emmanuel will kick off on Friday Sep.8th at 2:00PM against Clark Atlanta.