Oct. 16, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia volleyball team continues its road trip this weekend when it travels to No. 18 Missouri on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., and Arkansas on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Georgia enters the weekend with an overall record of 14-4 that includes a 4-2 mark in Southeastern Conference action. Missouri is a perfect 21-0 on the year and 5-0 in league play, while Arkansas sits at 12-6 and 5-2 in the SEC.
Friday, Oct. 18
Georgia at No. 18 Missouri – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20
Georgia at Arkansas – 2:30 p.m. (CSS)
GEORGIA vs. MIZZOU: Georgia and Mizzou are tied 2-2 in the all-time series between the two schools. The teams split a pair of matches last season, with the Tigers winning 3-0 in Columbia, Mo., and the Bulldogs taking a 3-0 win over Mizzou at home. Prior to last season, the last time the two teams met on the volleyball court was in 1986 when Georgia won 3-0.
GEORGIA vs. ARKANSAS: Georgia trails Arkansas 9-18 in the all-time series. The Razorbacks won both meetings last year, taking a 3-0 win in Fayetteville and a 3-1 win in Athens. The last time that Georgia defeated Arkansas was in 2011 when the Bulldogs took a 3-2 win in Athens.
A TOUGH STRETCH: Starting this Friday, the Bulldogs will play three matches in six days, including two against teams ranked in the latest AVCA Top-25 Poll. Georgia will face No. 18 Missouri this Friday before facing Arkansas on Sunday. Georgia returns home on Wednesday, Oct. 23 when it takes on No. 14 Kentucky in Stegeman Coliseum. In the first six weeks of the season, Georgia faced just one ranked team.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Georgia has played much of the first half of the season away from Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs have played in seven true road matches, nine after this weekend, so far and three neutral matches. Overall, the Bulldogs are 6-4 when it plays away from home and a perfect 8-0 at home.
MATCHING LAST YEAR: With its 3-0 win over South Carolina last Friday, Georgia matched is 2012 win total. The Bulldogs finished last season 14-16 and are 14-4 so far this season, with 13 more matches on the schedule.
RPI: Despite dropping a match last weekend, the Bulldogs moved up to No. 27 in the latest RPI. Overall, the SEC has seven teams ranked in the top 30 in RPI this week. Among those teams are both of Georgia’s opponents this weekend. Missouri is ranked 12th, while Arkansas comes in at No. 26.
ON FRIDAY NIGHTS: Georgia is a perfect 3-0 in SEC play on Friday nights. The Bulldogs defeated LSU 3-2 in the conference-opener before taking a 3-0 win over Tennessee. Last weekend, Georgia defeated South Carolina 3-0. Overall, the Bulldogs are 6-1 when it plays on Friday, with its only loss coming at the hands of Kansas, which is ranked in the latest AVCA Top-25 Poll.