Georgia Volleyball Falls To South Carolina, 3-1
Nov. 20, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a Southeastern Conference match to South Carolina, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Volleyball Competition Facility.
Georgia (11-18, 7-12 SEC) won the opening set, 25-15, but South Carolina (14-15, 5-14 SEC) won the next three sets, 25-22, 26-24 and 25-15, to win the match.
"This game is a about momentum," Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We came really strong in the first set with really great serving and passing. In the second set we had a couple of errors and lost momentum. We were trying to grab it back, but give a lot of credit to South Carolina. They took that momentum and rolled with it, and we weren't able to comeback."
The Gamecocks produced 56 kills on a .204 hitting percentage while digging out 77 Georgia attacks and recording 7.0 blocks edging the Bulldogs' 51 kills and 65 digs. UGA led the match with 10.0 blocks.
Cara Howley, Teresa Stenlund and Juliette Thevenin led USC offensively on Sunday. Howley had a match-best 14 kills while Stenlund contributed 12 and Thenvenin has 10. Paige Wheeler paced the Gamecock defensive with a match-best 28 digs, and Thenvenin had 13 digs to finish with a double-double.
Georgia's top offensive performances came from redshirt sophomore Kathleen Luft, senior middle blocker Elizabeth Reid and junior right side hitter Briana Bahr. Luft had a team-best 12 kills which was followed by Reid's 11 and Bahr's 10. Reid also contributed to the defensive effort with five blocks while senior Carla Tietz led team by tying her season-high in digs with 19.
Tietz's 19 digs raised her career dig total to 1,473, moving her up to second all-time at UGA trailing only Shelly Gross' school record of 1,748 (1983-86). Fellow senior Ann Dylla had three blocks in the match raising her career block total to 455, which moves her up to fourth all-time in school history.
Georgia will play its final contest of the 2011 season at Auburn on Wednesday. First serve between the Bulldogs and Tigers at the Student Activities Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.