Senior Nicole Choi
Nov. 19, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia volleyball team will conclude its regular season this week when it hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Florida Gators. The Bulldogs will take on Mississippi State at 5 p.m., on Wednesday before facing the Southeastern Conference Champion Florida Gators on Friday at 7 p.m. Georgia enters the weekend with an overall record of 13-15 that includes a 7-11 mark in the SEC. Mississippi State is 4-23 on the year and winless in conference play. Florida owns an overall record of 23-4 and is 17-1 the SEC action.
Wednesday, November 21
Georgia vs. Mississippi State – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 23
Georgia vs. Florida – 7 p.m.
• Live audio will be available for free for both matches this week
• Live video will be available for free for Friday’s match against Florida
• Gametracker will be available for both matches
• Fans are encouraged to attend Friday’s match, as seniors Briana Bahr and Nicole Choi will be honored as a part of Senior Day.
• Against Mississippi State: Georgia is looking to complete a regular-season sweep of the Mississippi State Bulldogs this weekend, as Georgia defeated MSU 3-1 earlier this season. In the win, Tirah Le’au and Briana Bahr each finished with a match-high 16 kills, and each hit over .300 at .314 and .448, respectively. Brittany Northcutt earned her second double-double of the season, finishing with 11 kills and 19 digs. The Bulldogs were particularly effective from the service line, finishing with six aces, including three from Jasmine Eatmon and two from Northcutt. Elena Perri led the team defensively, finishing with six blocks, while Lauren Teknipp and Bahr added four blocks each. Georgia is looking to improve its 39-10 record over the Bulldogs in the all-time series and get its 40th win.
• Against Florida: The Bulldogs are trying to snap a seven-match losing streak to the Gators on Friday and improve to 10-54 in the all-times series with Florida. Georgia has not beaten Florida since it upset the No. 8 Gators during the 2008 season in Athens. Florida took a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs earlier this season. In the match, Brittany Northcutt led the Bulldogs offensively with 13 kills in 31 attempts. Briana Bahr and Jasmine Eatmon each finished with six kills, with Eatmon hitting at a .308 clip. Maggie Baumert led the team with 13 assists, while Kaylee Kehoe added 12 assists to go along with a pair of service aces. Elena Perri finished with four blocks to lead the team defensively, with Bahr adding three. Allison Summers led the team with nine digs.
• A Look Back: Georgia dropped a pair of 3-1 decisions to Arkansas and Kentucky last week in the final road swing of the 2012 regular season. Tirah Le’au led the Bulldogs in each of the matches, finishing with 14 and 15 kills, respectively. The sophomore recorded a career-best .522 attack percentage against Arkansas and followed that performance by hitting .364 against Kentucky. For her efforts, she was listed as a SEC Top Performer.
• Seniors: Seniors Briana Bahr and Nicole Choi are playing in their final regular-season matches of their career this weekend. Bahr has excelled in her senior season, ranking third on the team in kills with 249 and is hitting at a .225 clip, the third-highest of any Georgia player with at least 100 kills and the highest among players with over 150 kills. She also ranks third on the team in blocks with 78, averaging 0.80 blocks per set and third in points with 292. Choi has seen limited action this season, but has played an integral role in the growth of the Georgia program. Choi was named to either the SEC or SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in each of her three seasons at Georgia and was awarded the EXCEL Award from the UGA Department of Intercultural Affairs as a junior. She posted a career-best 14 digs against Arkansas in 2009 and posted four aces in a match against South Alabama in 2009.