April 18, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia volleyball team wrapped up its spring competition schedule last weekend with a tournament in Nashville, Tenn. The Bulldogs went 5-1 during the spring.
“For another spring season we were able to take a team spring break trip to create a vision for the 2014 season,” Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. “We will have a lot of new faces, new roles and new systems on the court this coming fall and that trip kick-started a spring season that would work these new dimensions in. We are very excited at how quickly things have come together. We know this group is committed to the work that it will take to compete this fall. Overall, it was a very successful spring season and we are looking forward to the journey ahead for this group.”
Georgia opened up its spring schedule over Spring Break when Clemson edged it in five sets.
The Bulldogs bounced back by sweeping Georgia Southern 3-0 on March 29 at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. Georgia followed the victory with a 3-1 win over Georgia State on April 1.
The spring season ended last weekend, April 12, when Georgia went 3-0 at a tournament in Nashville, Tenn. During the tournament, Georgia picked up 2-0 wins over Kennesaw State, Tennessee State and Memphis.
“We ended our spring season with a well-rounded tournament in Nashville, Tenn.,” continued Stemke. “We were able to see significant playing time for the whole roster and this experience will be incredibly beneficial moving forward in adding depth and versatility to 2014. We concluded the Spring 2014 season by taking to the sand for our final week. This practice is always good for the players as it allows them to practice quality ball control work and gives the players a change of pace.”
Georgia returns 10 players from last year’s team, and welcomes four newcomers. The Bulldogs are looking to improve on last year’s record setting season in when they reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004, recorded their first 20-win season since 2002, earned the most wins (22) since 1995 and defeated then-No. 15 Kentucky at home in front of nearly 2,000 people and a nationally televised ESPN audience in Stegeman Coliseum.