June 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – University of Georgia head volleyball coach Lizzy Stemke has announced the 2013 schedule. The schedule features two home tournaments, 18 Southeastern Conference matches and four matches in Stegeman Coliseum.
“We are extremely excited to be embarking on another season and our expectations continue to rise with each year,” Stemke said. “The 2013 schedule will include four non-conference weekends, as opposed to three in years past, and 18 SEC matches which will create a round and a half of conference play. The 2013 group of Bulldogs are eager to get on the court and our schedule provides a fantastic opportunity to work towards the goals we have set in place this year and for the future of our program.”
Georgia’s 2013 campaign begins Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., when they host Lipscomb as part of the Georgia Bulldog Invitational. Georgia will then take on TCU and Furman on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m., and 7 p.m., respectively.
The Bulldogs will then travel to Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 6-7 to take part in a two-day tournament hosted by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, where Stemke served as an assistant coach from 2007-10. Georgia will kick off the tournament against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 6. Georgia and Southern Miss are meeting one another for the first time since 1989 when the Bulldogs took a 3-0 win. The Bulldogs will take on tournament host Nebraska on Sept. 7 for the first time since the 2000 season.
Georgia will return to the Peach State on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to take on in-state foe Georgia Southern at 6 p.m., in Statesboro, Ga. The match marks the first time since the 2007 season that Georgia has traveled to Statesboro for a match. The Bulldogs came away with a 3-0 win in that contest.
Following their midweek game in Statesboro, Georgia will make its way to Stegeman Coliseum Sept. 13-14 when it hosts the Benson’s Hospitality Group Invitational. The Bulldogs will take on North Florida Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., before facing Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. Georgia will wrap up the tournament with a match against UNC Greensboro on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. It is the first time that the Bulldogs have hosted a tournament inside Stegeman Coliseum. Last year, Georgia faced Georgia Tech in the first collegiate volleyball match that had ever been played there.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for the next five games. Georgia will travel to Lawrence, Kan., to play three matches in a tournament hosted by the Kansas Jayhawks Sept. 20-21 for the final non-conference games before the start of Southeastern Conference action. Georgia will take on Kansas at 8 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 20. The series with the Jayhawks has recent history, as the two teams faced off against one another in 2011. The Bulldogs will then face North Dakota State for the first time in program history on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. Georgia will conclude the tournament with a match against Notre Dame at 8:30 p.m. Georgia leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 3-2.
Georgia will open up SEC play against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Sept. 27. Georgia looks to have a repeat of last year’s performance when the Bulldogs won their first match in Baton Rouge since 2001. The Bulldogs will then make their way to College Station, Texas to face the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday, Sept. 29.
The SEC home opener for the Bulldogs will be Fri., Oct. 4 when it welcomes the Tennessee Lady Vols to the Ramsey Center at 7 p.m., before taking on the Ole Miss Rebels at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 6. Georgia played both Tennessee and Ole Miss tough last season, with each match going to five sets. The Bulldogs fell 3-2 at Tennessee, but came away with the 3-2 win over Ole Miss.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for the next four matches. Georgia opens up its road swing on Friday, Oct. 11, when it travels to Columbia, S.C., for a 7 p.m. match against South Carolina. The Bulldogs will then make the trip to Gainesville, Fla., for a match against the Florida Gators on Sunday, Oct. 13.
The following week, the Bulldogs will take on Missouri in Columbia, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., before facing Arkansas on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Georgia handed Missouri a dominating 3-0 loss last season in Athens to improve to 2-2 all-time against the Tigers.
The Bulldogs will have a busy week the following week, playing three games in five days. They start the stretch by making a return trip to Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., when they host the Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky was another team that the Bulldogs played tough last season, dropping the first match 3-2 before falling 3-1 in a hard-fought decision in Athens. Georgia will look to make it three-straight wins over Alabama when it welcomes the Crimson Tide to the Ramsey Center on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will also look to extend its win streak over Mississippi State to five games when it hosts Mississippi State on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Following a bye on Nov. 1, Georgia returns to action against Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Georgia then welcomes LSU to the Ramsey Center on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will take on South Carolina at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 10.
On Nov. 15, Georgia will take on Ole Miss at 8 p.m., in Oxford, Miss., before playing the final away SEC match of the season against Mississippi State on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Georgia closes out the season with three-straight home matches, beginning Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m., against Texas A&M. The Bulldogs final SEC game of the season will be Wednesday, Nov. 27 when they host the Auburn Tigers at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs will conclude the regular-season on Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m., against Kennesaw State.
The NCAA Tournament's first and second round matches will be Dec. 5-8, while regional semi-finals and regional finals will be held Dec. 12-15 at sites to be determined. The NCAA semi-finals and finals will also be at a site to be determined on Dec. 19 and Dec. 21.