Oct. 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – Fresh off its thrilling 3-2 win over No. 15 Kentucky on Wednesday, the Georgia volleyball team is set to face Alabama and Mississippi State this weekend. The Bulldogs will take on Alabama at 7 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 25 before facing Mississippi State on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Both matches will be played in the Ramsey Center. The pair contests will mark the fifth match in 10 days for the Bulldogs. Georgia enters the weekend with an overall record of 15-4 that includes a 5-4 mark in Southeastern Conference action. Alabama is 16-5 on the year and 4-3 in the SEC, while Mississippi State owns an 11-9 overall record and is 2-4 in league play.
Friday, Oct. 25
Georgia vs. Alabama – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27
Georgia vs. Mississippi State – 1:30 p.m.
GEORGIA vs. ALABAMA: Georgia leads the all-time series with Alabama 23-20. This weekend’s match marks the first time this season that the teams have squared off. Last year, the Bulldogs swept the series, picking a 3-2 win at home before taking a 3-0 victory over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
GEORGIA vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE: Georgia owns a commanding 40-10 lead in the all-time series against Mississippi State. Last year, Georgia won both matches, winning 3-1 at Mississippi State before earning a 3-0 win in Athens.
UPSET: Georgia’s win marked the first time the Bulldogs defeated an opponent ranked in the top-15 since 2008 when the Bulldogs upset No. 7 Florida. It was also the first win over a team ranked in the top-25 since 2010 when Georgia handed No. 20 Tennessee a 3-2 loss.
HOME SWEET HOME: Georgia returns to Athens for three-straight matches after playing each of the last four matches on the road. The Bulldogs are a perfect 9-0 at home this season, including a 5-0 mark when it plays in the Ramsey Center. Georgia will play seven of its last 10 matches at home.
LE’AU: Tirah Le’au notched one of the best performances of her career, leading the match with 18 kills and hitting at a .343 efficiency. The 18 kills was her season best and were just two kills shy from her career-best. She also posted two blocks in the win.
THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES: Three Bulldogs had double-digit kill performances in the 3-2 win over No. 15 Kentucky on Wednesday. Le’au led the team with 18 kills, followed by Brittany Northcutt and Lauren Teknipp with 13 kills each. It marked the fifth time this season that the Bulldogs had at least three players with double-digit kill totals.
FIFTH SET MADNESS: Georgia fought back from a 12-7 deficit in the fifth set against Kentucky to tie the set at 13. The teams then went point-for-point over the next 17 possessions, which resulted in nine match points. Georgia was able to close out the match by taking advantage of two Wildcat errors and a kill by Smith that sealed the 23-21 win.