UGA Faces In-State Foes At Georgia Challenge
Maddie Lobenstein
Sept. 7, 2016

Tournament Central
Game Notes

ATHENS, Ga. --- After a successful weekend on the road, the Georgia volleyball team (6-0) returns to Georgia, but heads to Atlanta to participate in the Georgia Challenge starting on Thursday.

The Bulldogs will face Kennesaw State (1-6) at 10 a.m. on Thursday before returning at 5 p.m. to take on Georgia State (3-3). The tourney concludes with host Georgia Tech (4-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

All games will have live stats with links available at georgiadogs.com while Friday’s matchup with the Yellow Jackets will be featured on ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.

-Game Notes-

SEC HONORS DONOVAN AS FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
After guiding the Georgia volleyball team to a perfect 3-0 record at the Beantown Challenge, setter Meghan Donovan was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. Donovan dished out 118 assists in the trio of games, guiding the Bulldog offense to a .312 hitting mark. Five of Georgia’s main attackers hit over .260 for the weekend while the St. Louis, Missouri, native had 12 kills herself to go with 18 digs and eight blocks. Donovan helped the Bulldogs to a comeback, five-set win at Boston College en route to her first career double-double of 46 assists and 12 digs. The freshman has 10.18 assists per set for the whole season, good for seventh in the SEC and top 75 in the nation, while setting the offense to hit at a .287 clip, which is third in the league and 24th nationally.

DONOVAN, LOBENSTEIN EARN TOURNAMENT HONORS
For the second-straight weekend, Meghan Donovan and Maddie Lobenstein earned All-Tournament Team awards after great showings in the Beantown Challenge. Donovan set out a balanced attack on offense to help Georgia hit .312 for the weekend while Lobenstein provided 40 kills and 32 digs.

GEORGIA WITH BEST START SINCE 2010
Sporting a 6-0 record, Georgia is off to its best start since 2010 and best under head coach Lizzy Stemke. In program history, the Bulldogs have had four seasons start off with higher records than 6-0: 1982 (25-0), 1980 (10-0) and 1993/2007 (8-0).

ANDERSON SERVING UP ACES
After leading the team and ranking in the top 10 in the SEC for service aces last season, Cassidy Anderson continues to have a strong game at the service line. The Kentucky native has posted at least one ace in each match, including a career-high six against Savannah State in the opening weekend. The six-game streak is the second longest in her career, as she opened the 2015 season with at least one in the first seven games.

LOBENSTEIN CONTINUES WHAT SHE STARTED IN 2015
After a breakout year in 2015, Maddie Lobenstein continues to put up stellar numbers in 2016. Originally from Wisconsin, Lobenstein has had three double-doubles this season, including one last weekend in a comeback win over Boston College. In the match versus the Eagles, the outside hitter also tallied the first 20-kill performance of her career.

BASS SETS CAREER BEST IN BEANTOWN CHALLENGE
Majesti Bass is making her presence known on the court, and setting career-best numbers on the way. In the five-set win at Boston College, Bass put up a career-high eight kills and 10 blocks, which is tied for the third highest blocking total by a player this season in the SEC. The Georgia native went on to boast a new personal-best hitting percentage the next day, hitting .455 in the sweep of Siena.

HOW TO FOLLOW GEORGIA VOLLEYBALL: For complete information on Georgia volleyball, follow the team on its social media channels via @UGAVolleyball on Twitter and Instagram and UGAVolleyball on Facebook and Snapchat.


 

 

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