Georgia Volleyball Falls To UC Santa Barbara, 3-1
Redshirt sophomore Kathleen Luft was named to the Pepperdine Asics Classic All-Tournament Team.

Sept. 3, 2011

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MALIBU, Calif. – The University of Georgia volleyball team concluded its play in the Pepperdine Asics Classic on Saturday night falling 3-1 to UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, at Firestone Fieldhouse.


UC Santa Barbara (2-4) earned the win over Georgia (2-4) with set scores of 21-25, 25-15, 25-16 and 25-20. The Gauchos tallied 67 kills on a .324 hitting percentage, 70 digs and 5.0 blocks compared to the Bulldogs 43 kills on a .170 clip, 55 digs and 8.0 blocks.


"Throughout the weekend we found moments of what we can be," Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "Obviously, we are still working on some consistency and finding that fight for a full match. This was tough tournament with some top teams, and we are looking to be pushed. Hopefully, we can take those moments of fight and start to put some more runs together in the future."


UCSB was led by Stacey Schmidt, Leay Sully and Kara Sherrard. Schmidt and Sully notched double-doubles as Schmidt had a match-best 20 kills on a .581 mark and 14 digs while Sully had 13 kills and 16 digs. Sherrard added 13 kills as well, and the Gauchos' defensive effort was supported by 21 digs from Chelsey Lowe.


Georgia was paced by redshirt sophomore outside hitter Kathleen Luft and freshman outside hitter Tirah Le'au with 11 kills each while sophomore libero Allison Summers provided a career-best 21 digs. Luft was selected to the All-Tournament team after finishing the weekend with 34 kills and 29 digs.


In the first set, UGA and UCSB were tied three times late in the frame at 18, 19 and 20 points until the Bulldogs went on a four-point run to go up 24-20 and then win it 25-21. Luft led the Dogs in the opening set with six kills.


In the second set, UCSB used an 8-0 run to open up an early 9-3 lead. Georgia battled back to pull within two at 12-10, but the Gauchos pulled back away to win the set 25-15.


UCSB broke a 3-3 tie with a 6-1 run and later used a 5-1 run to extend its lead to 18-10. Georgia pulled back to within five at 20-15, the Gauchos closed the set on another 5-1 run to win the set 25-16.


In the fourth set, Georgia held a narrow lead early before the two teams competed to six ties with the final tie coming at 15-15 before UCSB went on a 10-5 run to close the set and match, 25-20.


Earlier in the day on Saturday, Georgia dropped a 3-0 match to Miami (5-0) as the Hurricanes won that contest with set scores of 25-19, 25-13 and 27-25.


Georgia returns to action at home on Tuesday against Kennesaw State. First serve from the Ramey Student Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.


Pepperdine Asics Classic Results & Remaining Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 2:

Miami def, UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22)

Pepperdine def. Georgia, 3-1 (19-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-13)


Saturday, Sept. 3:

Miami def. Georgia, 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 27-25)

Pepperdine def. UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-21)

UC Santa Barbara def. Georgia, 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20)

10:30 p.m. - Pepperdine vs. Miami



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