Georgia Falls In SEC Opener At Tennessee, 3-0
Sept. 16, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped its first Southeastern Conference match of 2011 on Friday evening falling to Tennessee, 3-0, at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee (8-2, 1-0 SEC) earned the sweep over Georgia (4-7, 0-1 SEC) with set scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-21. The win was the 300th of Lady Volunteer head coach Rob Patrick's career as his team out hit the Bulldogs, .339 to .163.
"Again tonight we showed moments of great discipline and great fight," Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We're trying to piece more of that together, and as our players continue to get healthy and play with each other more we expect to get better with every match. We're looking forward to Kentucky on Sunday."
The Lady Vols were led in Friday's match by Kelsey Robinson and Leslie Cikra. Robinson had a match-best 20 kills on a .389 clip while Cikra posted 12 kills on a .348 mark.
Georgia was led by junior right side hitter Briana Bahr and senior middle blocker Ann Dylla. Bahr had a team-best 10 kills on a .438 hitting percentage while Dylla added six kills and four blocks. The four stops for Dylla raised her career block total to 399 making her just one block shy of becoming the seventh player in school history to reach 400 career total blocks.
Also of note for the Bulldogs on Friday, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Kathleen Luft returned to action after missing four matches with an ankle set back. Luft provided UGA with four kills.
Tennessee jumped out to a 6-1 advantage in the first set leading to an early Georgia timeout. Out of the break, the Bulldogs battled back going on a 14-6 run to go up by three at 15-12. However, the Lady Vols retook control of the match going on an 8-0 run to go up 20-15 en route to winning the opening set by six at 25-19.
In the second set, it was Georgia who gained the upper hand early on building a 10-6 lead triggering a Tennessee timeout. After that stoppage of play, the Lady Vols utilized a 6-0 run to go ahead in the set 12-10. UT would not relinquish the lead from there on out leading by as many as six before winning it at 25-20.
The third set was the closest contested set featuring eight ties. Similar to the second set, Georgia held the lead at the beginning of the frame at 9-5, but Tennessee answered with a 6-1 run to go ahead 11-10. The two teams then went back and forth on points and the set witnessed its final tie at 17-17 before another 6-1 UT run put the Lady Vols ahead by five. Georgia chipped back with three of the next four points but Tennessee came away with the set and match at 25-21.
Up next, Georgia travels to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. The Wildcats (10-2, 1-0 SEC) defeated Auburn (6-5, 0-1 SEC), 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-22) on Friday night. Sunday's UGA-UK match will be televised on CSS/CST and ESPN3.com with Justin Cazana calling the play-by-play and Missy Whittemore providing color analysis.