Head Coach Lizzy Stemke
Nov. 18, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 17th-ranked Florida Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 3-0, on Friday evening at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The nationally-ranked Gators earned the straight-set victory with scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-14 to improve to 22-5 overall and 15-3 in Southeastern Conference action. Georgia fell to 11-17 overall and 7-11 in league play.
"We have to give Florida a lot of credit," Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "They were extremely powerful at the net offensively and defensively. We struggled slowing them down. We weren't getting the blocking numbers that we normally put up, and we weren't slowing them down enough with our blocks even on touches. They played a really efficient game."
Florida attacked its way to the victory with 47 kills on a .519 hitting percentage with just six errors on 79 attempts. It was the highest hitting percentage against the Bulldogs this season. Leading the offensive output for the Gators was Kristy Jaeckel with a match-best 14 kills on a .480 clip while Chloe Mann added nine kills on a .818 mark with no errors on 11 attempts.
Georgia was held to a .054 mark in the match with 20 kills including five from both sophomore Brittany Northcutt and junior Briana Bahr. The Gators recorded 6.0 blocks and 31 digs compared to the Bulldogs 2.0 blocks and 21 digs.
Friday's match at Florida was the first match of a three-match road swing that will conclude the 2011 season for Georgia. Up next, the Bulldogs travel to Columbia, S.C., to face South Carolina (12-15, 3-14 SEC). First serve between the Bulldogs and Gamecocks at the Volleyball Competition Facility is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET. After the SEC East match against USC, Georgia will conclude its season against SEC West foe Auburn (10-17, 4-13 SEC) on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
"We head to the road tomorrow to prepare for South Carolina," Stemke said. "Our goal is to finish strong on the road. We have two more road matches left, and we are looking for the fight and competitiveness that we have at home on the road. We'll practice hard for South Carolina to get back on track and finish the season strong."