Senior Carla Tietz recorded nine digs against LSU on Friday, moving to third all-time in digs at UGA with 1,371.
Oct. 14, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. – The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a Southeastern Conference match to LSU, 3-1, on Friday evening at the Maravich Center.
The SEC Western Division leading Tigers took the first set 25-18 before the Bulldogs answered by taking the second set 25-19 to even the match at 1-1. However, LSU regained control of the match out of the break taking sets three and four, 25-16 and 25-13, to get the win and improve to 12-6 overall and 5-3 in SEC action. Georgia falls to 8-11 overall and 4-5 in league play.
"Our serve and pass game was not what it needs to be on the road," Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke. "If you don’t come out aggressively on those two things then you are going to be fighting an uphill battle. We got off to a slow start then came out with a little more energy in set two, but we lost a little bit of fight in games three and four."
LSU earned the win behind a 59-kill performance on a .402 hitting percentage while holding Georgia to 35 kills on a .122 mark. The Tigers also led the match in digs 63-39.
Madie Jones provided the Tigers with a match-best 16 kills on a .317 clip while Desiree Elliot added 12 kills on a .647 hitting percentage. LSU finished the contest with four players with double-digit kills with both Nicole Willis and Michele Williams contributing 10 each.
Georgia's top performances came from sophomore outside hitter Brittany Northcutt and Kathleen Luft as they each finished with nine kills. Sophomore libero Allison Summers gave the Bulldogs a team-best 11 digs.
Also of note for the Bulldogs, senior defensive specialist Carla Tietz recorded nine digs against the Tigers raising her career digs total to 1,371, moving her into third place all-time at UGA.
Up next, Georgia travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (11-7, 3-4 SEC) on Sunday. First serve from Barnhill Arena is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET and live stats can be found on www.arkansasrazorbacks.com.
"I think we have a really good game plan on Arkansas," Stemke noted. "We'll start to prepare for them more heavily on the court tomorrow. We are looking to come out with a lot more fight and a much better handle on our serve and pass game because that's what is going to take to win on the road in the SEC."