Aug 28, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia volleyball team kicks off its 2013 season when it welcomes the TCU Horned Frogs, Lipscomb Lady Bisons and Furman Paladins to the Ramsey Student Center this weekend, August 30-31, for the Georgia Bulldog Invitational. Furman and TCU kick off the tournament at 4 p.m., on Friday, with the Bulldogs hosting Lipscomb at 7 p.m., in their season opener. Georgia will take on TCU and Furman on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and 8 p.m., respectively.
Georgia will offer free audio coverage for each of its matches on www.georgiadogs.com. Gametracker will be available for each tournament game at www.georgiadogs.com.
Friday, August 30
Furman vs. TCU - 4 p.m.
Georgia vs. Lipscomb - 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 31
Lipscomb vs. Furman - 10 a.m.
Georgia vs. TCU - 12:30 p.m.
Lipscomb vs. TCU - 5:30 p.m.
Georgia vs. Furman - 8 p.m.
Georgia Against the Field: Of the three teams competing in the Bulldog Invitational, just one is familiar to the Bulldogs. Georgia is playing both TCU and Lipscomb for the first time in program history, while the Bulldogs own a 10-0 record against Furman, with the last win coming in 2008 when Georgia took a 3-0 victory.
Georgia in Season Openers Under Lizzy Stemke: Georgia is a perfect 2-0 in season openers under Head Coach Lizzy Stemke. Stemke got her first at Georgia in 2011 with a 3-0 win over Liberty in the season opener. Last season, Stemke led the Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over Georgia Southern. Each of Georgia's season-opening wins has come in home tournaments. In those tournaments, the Bulldogs own a 5-1 record under Stemke.
Northcutt Approaching a Milestone: Senior Brittany Northcutt is ranked fifth among returning players in the Southeastern Conference in career kills. In her three seasons with the Bulldogs, Northcutt has amassed 878 kills. Her kill total puts her just 122 kills away from reaching the 1,000-kill plateau in her career. She has averaged 292.7 kills per season, putting the goal within her reach. If she reaches 1,000 career kills, she will become just the 16th player in Georgia history to record 1,000 kills in a career.
A Look at the 2013 Schedule: The Bulldogs will play 31 matches this season, including two home tournaments, 18 SEC contests and four matches in Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia has a tough non-conference schedule, traveling to face Nebraska, Kansas and Notre Dame. The Bulldogs will also play four televised matches, including its Oct. 23 match against Kentucky in Stegeman Coliseum.
Up Next: Georgia takes to the road for the first time this season when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., to take on Southern Miss and Nebraska next weekend, Sept. 6-7. It will be the first time that Georgia has faced Southern Miss since 1989 when the Bulldogs came away with a 3-0 win. Georgia and Nebraska have faced off four times on the volleyball court, with Nebraska winning each of the contests. The two teams have not seen each other since 2000 when Nebraska came away with a 3-0 win.