We interviewed Jasmine Eatmon and Coach Stemke as they get ready to travel to San Francisco this weekend to open the season.
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia volleyball team is set to kick off its 2014 season this weekend when it makes the cross country trek to San Francisco, Calif., to take part in a four team tournament at the University of San Francisco. The Bulldogs will open their season against Fordham on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. ET, before taking on SMU and San Francisco on Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET, and 10 p.m. ET, respectively.
(all times listed are Eastern)
Friday, August 29
Georgia vs. Fordham - 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 30
Georgia vs. SMU - 1:30 p.m.
Georgia at San Francisco - 10 p.m.
A LOOK AT LAST YEAR
Head Coach Lizzy Stemke took the Georgia volleyball team, which finished with a 22-10 record, to new heights this past season, setting milestones along the way. Among the highlights was reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004, recording its first 20-win season since 2002, earning the most wins (22) since 1994, recording the most Southeastern Conference wins (11) 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.
AGAINST THE FIELD
The Bulldogs are facing each of their three opponents this weekend for the first time in program history. It will mark the first time under head coach Lizzy Stemke that the Bulldogs have opened the season with three unfamiliar opponents.
The Bulldogs are 27-9 all-time in season openers and are a perfect 3-0 under head coach Lizzy Stemke. This weekend will mark the first time under Stemke that the Bulldogs have opened their season away from the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center.
Georgia welcomes back nine players from last year's 22-win team. Among the returners are Jasmine Eatmon, Lauren Teknipp and Kaylee Kehoe, each who saw significant playing time last year. Coming back with the returners are 818 kills, 769 assists, 431 digs and 224 total blocks.
A LOOK AT GEORGIA'S SCHEDULE
The 2014 schedule features two home tournaments, 18 Southeastern Conference matches, eight television appearances and two matches in Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia will also face each of the top five SEC teams from last season twice.