Sept. 19, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia volleyball team looks to improve on its 8-1 start to the season when it travels to Lawrence, Kan., to take part in the Kansas Invitational this weekend, Sept. 20-21. During the two-day tournament, the Bulldogs will face host Kansas (7-3), North Dakota State (0-9) and Notre Dame (5-3). Fans will be able to watch the Bulldogs when they take on Kansas on ESPN3 or listen to the action by getting a Jayhawk Digital Passport subscription for $2.95 www.KUAthletics.com. A tournament central page will be available at www.kuathletics.com/kansasvbinvite this weekend.
Tournament Schedule (all times Eastern)
Friday, September 20
Georgia at Kansas - 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, September 21
Georgia vs. North Dakota State - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia vs. Notre Dame - 8:30 p.m.
GEORGIA vs. KANSAS: Georgia is 1-2 all-time against the Jayhawks. Kansas made the trip to Athens in 2011 in Head Coach Lizzy Stemke's first season with the Bulldogs. Kansas won the meeting 3-0. Georgia last beat the Jayhawks in 1993 when the Bulldogs won 3-0. That year, Georgia made it to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
GEORGIA vs. NORTH DAKOTA STATE: Georgia and North Dakota State have never faced one another on the volleyball court.
GEORGIA vs. NOTRE DAME: The Bulldogs own a 3-2 record against Notre Dame. The teams have not played one another since the 1998 season when Georgia fell 3-2 to the No. 16 Fighting Irish. Georgia's last win over Notre Dame was a 3-0 decision in 1985.
A LOOK BACK: Georgia swept through the Benson's Hospitality Invitational last weekend with wins over North Florida, Louisiana and UNC Greensboro. Georgia is now 6-0 at home on the year.
HOT START: With its 8-1 record, Georgia has matched its best start since the 2007 season. The Bulldogs are also off to their best start under Stemke.
HOMECOMING: Megan Spencer is making an appearance in her home state for the first time since donning the Red and Black. Spencer is a native of Overland Park, Kan., which is just 45 minutes away from Lawrence.
KEHOE AT THE LINE: Kaylee Kehoe posted a career-best five service aces against North Florida. The five aces were the most by any Bulldog this season and the most since Allison Summers recorded eight aces against Alabama on Nov. 21, 2010.
MCCRAY IN ACTION: Desiree McCray saw action last week. She played in four matches for the Bulldogs, picking up seven kills to average 1.75 kills per set. She also finished fourth on the team in blocks with seven, despite playing in only four Georgia's 14 sets last weekend. She led the team with six blocks against Louisiana.
HOLD `EM: Georgia is holding its opponents to a .091 attack percentage this season, while hitting at a .276 clip as a team. The Bulldogs are averaging 13.6 kills per set to their opponents' 11.3 kills per set. The Bulldogs have also out blocked their opponents 71-57.