Bulldogs Wrap Season With Missouri, At MSU
Nov. 22, 2016

Game Notes

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia volleyball team (13-16, 1-15) closes out its season this week, as the Bulldogs host No. 22 Missouri on Wednesday before heading to Mississippi State on Saturday.

Wednesday’s match against the Tigers (23-5, 14-2) begins at 7 p.m. ET at the Ramsey Center while the team will honor its three seniors prior to the match. After the Thanksgiving holiday, the Bulldogs will visit Mississippi State (13-18, 5-12) to wrap the regular season with a 1 p.m. ET match.

Both matches will be broadcast on SEC Network+/WatchESPN. Live stat and broadcast links for both games are available at georgiadogs.com.

-Game Notes-

Missouri: Georgia trails Missouri in the all-time series 5-4 after falling in last season’s two games. Since Missouri joined the league for the 2012 season, the series has the Tigers up 4-3. Prior to that, the teams last met in 1986 with a Georgia sweep and 1984 with a Tiger 3-0 win. In last season’s two games, Desiree McCray posted 13 kills and six blocks while Elle McCord had a team-best 16 digs. As seniors, McCray has 32 kills and 17 blocks in her career against the Tigers while Megan Spencer has 33 kills and nine blocks for her career.

Mississippi State: Georgia leads 43-12 in the series against Mississippi State, but dropped the two meetings in 2015. Maddie Lobenstein led the team with 13 kills in the two matches while Cassidy Anderson had 19 kills to go with three aces. In their three matches against the Bulldogs, McCray has 14 career blocks while Spencer has 19 kills and seven blocks.

Three seniors will conclude their Georgia careers this week. McCord, McCray and Spencer have 54 wins over the last four years while being a part of the 2013 NCAA Tournament team. McCord has 77 matches played under her belt with 433 career digs and 21 aces. She was inducted into the UGA Leadership Academy last season and named to the SEC Community Service Team. McCray will enter Georgia’s career top 10 with 382 total blocks and 321 block assists. She also holds the most blocks in a match since rally scoring began with 14 against NC State. Spencer has played in 86 matches on her way to 424 kills and 124 blocks and will graduate with two degrees in risk management and economics.

Meghan Donovan continues to show her versatility in her freshman season, as she is among the team and conference leaders in many statistical categories. Among the other primary setters in the SEC, Donovan is second with 108 kills behind Auburn’s Alexa Filley (172 kills) while tied for second with 65 blocks with Kentucky’s Olivia Dailey while the two trail Texas A&M’s Stephanie Aiple (72 blocks).

The freshman has had a tremendous first season at Georgia. Donovan has eclipsed 1,000 assists for the year, the first Bulldog setter to do that since Kathleen Gates in 2011. She has put up nine double-doubles this year after her most recent against Arkansas, a mark that ranks ninth in the SEC among all players.

Anderson continues to have a tremendous junior year, including seeing improvement in SEC play from one year ago. The Kentucky native holds 188 digs in conference action this year, compared to 148 in SEC play in 2015. For the overall season, Anderson has surpassed last year’s total, as she currently holds 388 digs (289 in 2015) en route to 781 in her career. Her attack at the service line is also up from last year. The junior has 38 this year, including 14 in the league slate. Last year Anderson had 31 total aces with 13 coming against SEC opponents.

Last weekend, Anderson posted 20 digs against Ole Miss, the fourth time this season and sixth time in her career to hit the 20-dig plateau. It also marked the 40th time in her career to record double-digit digs in a match.

Kendall Kazor set a new career high with 14 kills against Arkansas on Friday. The junior spent last season as the team’s primary setter before moving to the right side this year with the addition of Donovan. It was the eighth time this season the Texas native hit double-digit kills.

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