Gates, Georgia Defeat Ole Miss, 3-1
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Sept. 23, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - Senior setter Kathleen Gates posted her fourth double-double of the season and became only the sixth player in school history to eclipse 4,000 career assists as she led the Georgia Bulldogs past the Ole Miss Rebels, 3-1, in front of a Ramsey Student Center crowd of 1,015 on Friday evening.
After Ole Miss took the first set 25-13 behind a .393 set hitting percentage, Georgia flipped the control of the match around by taking the second set 25-15 by limiting the Rebels (5-6, 1-2 SEC) to a -.179 mark. With the momentum on their side out of the break, the Bulldogs (5-8, 1-2 SEC) earned their first Southeastern Conference win of the season by taking sets three and four by identical scores of 25-22.
"The most impressive thing about being able to come out and take the final three sets was that the team was able to put the first set behind them," Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We came out a little hesitant in the first set, but we were able to push that aside and come back to our game plan in set two. To be able to do that is very impressive and I hope that we can continue to build on that."
Gates' fourth double-double leads Georgia this season and was earned with 39 assists and 11 digs. With the 39 assists, Gates raised her career assist total to 4,007, making her just the sixth player in school history to eclipse the 4,000 total. She is now just 16 assists away from the fifth spot all-time at Georgia held by Jill Moore (1988-91) with 4,023.
"After the first set, we knew that we needed to come out and play like we belonged on the court," Gates said. "It was an amazing experience to have everyone fighting hard for each other and playing as a team".
Overall, the Bulldogs finished the match head of the Rebels in nearly every statistical category by posting 50 kills on a .230 hitting percentage with 46 assists, four aces and 60 digs. Ole Miss finished with 45 kills on a .173 mark with 37 assists, three aces and 44 digs. Both teams finished with 11.0 team blocks.
Joining Gates in the double-double club on Friday, redshirt sophomore Kathleen Luft notched her third of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs. Meanwhile, junior right side hitter Briana Bahr provided a match-best 13 kills on a .375 clip and sophomore libero Allison Summers had a match-best 16 digs. Senior defensive specialist Carla Tietz gave the Bulldogs four players with double-digit digs in the contest finishing with 10.
The top performances from Ole Miss came from Allegra Wells with 10 kills and Morgan Springer with 11 digs.
Friday's contest with Ole Miss opened a five-match home stand for Georgia that continues on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET when Alabama (6-2, 0-2 SEC) visits the Ramsey Center. The first 25 groups of four UGA students at the match will receive free pizza.
In the all-time series with Alabama, the Bulldogs lead 21-18 including wins in the last three meetings. Over the last 10 UGA-UA contests, the series is tied 5-5.
Following Sunday's match, UGA will hold its first-ever Spike's Tykes event. Spike's Tykes is a free, one-hour volleyball clinic for boys and girls grades fourth through eighth. It will offer participants a chance to practice and learn techniques used by the Bulldogs in a station type format.
Future Spike's Tykes events will also be held following Sunday matches against Florida on Oct. 2, Tennessee on Oct. 23 and LSU on Nov. 6. Each Sunday match is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. ET. To register and for more information, please contact UGA volleyball assistant coach Brook Coulter at email@example.com. All participants much provided a signed medical/liability release for participation in the clinics. That form along with the registration form can be found in the PDF file included at the top of this release. Completed forms can be emailed to Coach Coulter or sent via fax to 706-583-0706. Advance registration is not required as players can still sign up the day of the event.