Sophomore Allison Summers had a team-best 18 digs at Alabama on Friday.
Oct. 28, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a three-set, Southeastern Conference match to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday evening at Foster Auditorium.
Alabama earned the victory with set scores of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-22, and with the win, the Crimson Tide swept the two-match season series with Georgia and improved to 11-13 overall and 4-9 in SEC action. The Bulldogs fell to 9-14 overall and 5-8 in league play.
"We struggled offensively tonight, and we didn't take advantage of some great defensive play," Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We have to rebound on the road. Right now it's about our side of the net, and we need clean up our offense to rebound after this."
Kayla Fitterer and Andrea McQuaid led the Crimson Tide to victory on Friday as both players finished with a double-double. Fitterer had a match-best 10 kills and 15 digs while McQuaid had 15 assists and 13 digs. They were two of four Crimson Tide players to finish with double-digit digs as Cristina Arenas had a match-best 21 and Kelsey Anderson added 18 as UA out-dug UGA, 78-72.
Georgia received a team-best eight kills apiece from sophomores Kathleen Luft and Brittany Northcutt and the Bulldogs 72 digs featured five players with double-digit totals. Sophomore libero Allison Summers led the team with 18 while Northcutt and senior Carla Tietz added 12. Senior Kathleen Gates and freshman Gaby Smiley each contributed 10 digs. Gates also had 28 assists in the match for her team-leading seventh double-double.
In the opening set, Georgia held an early two-point lead at 8-6 before Alabama went on an 8-0 run to regain the advantage and go up 14-8. The Crimson Tide went on to lead the frame by as many as eight including the final-set score of 25-17.
The second set featured 12 ties and neither team led by more than three. The Bulldogs held their three-point lead at 8-5 before the Crimson Tide used a 4-1 run to tied the match at 9-9. The set's last tie score came at 20-20 as Alabama then went on a 5-2 run to win it by three at 25-22.
In the third set, Alabama jumped out to a 4-0 lead and would not fall behind the entire set holding off the Bulldogs, who fought back to give the set its only tie at 9-9. From there, the Crimson Tide built a five-point lead at 16-11, yet UGA did not go away climbing back to within one at 21-20. However, Alabama scored four of the last six points to win the set 25-22.
Up next, Georgia travels to Oxford, Miss., to face the Ole Miss Rebels (6-14, 2-10 SEC) on Sunday. First serve from the Gillom Sports Complex is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET and live stats will be available on www.georgiadogs.com through www.olemisssports.com.