The University of Georgia volleyball team completed its 1999 campaign with a record of 10-16 (5-9 SEC), finishing in last place in the SEC's Eastern division. For the Lady Bulldogs, the sub-.500 mark represented only their third losing season in the program's 22-year history and their second since 1979.
Because of their 5-9 record in SEC play, the Lady Bulldogs failed to qualify for the SEC Tournament.
Prior to the season's final match against Georgia Tech, Lady Bulldog head coach Jim Iams announced his resignation after 11 years at the helm of the Lady Bulldog program. Iams ended his Georgia career with a record of 242-119. During Iams' tenure at Georgia, the Lady Bulldogs had eight winning seasons and qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times, highlighted by a Sweet 16 appearance in 1993. Iams was only the second coach in Georgia volleyball history.
Two Georgia volleyball players, Stacy Buerger and Rebecca Dady, were named to the SEC's Second-Team All-Conference team. For Dady, who was the SEC's Freshman of the Year in 1996, it was the fourth time she was named All-SEC while it was the first for Buerger.
Buerger finished the season ranked second kills in the SEC with 4.52 per game and eighth in digs with 2.99 per game. Buerger became the first Lady Bulldog to lead the team in both kills and digs since Dady accomplished the feat in 1996. Dady finished eighth in kills in the SEC with 3.57 per game, ninth in digs with 2.91 per game and first in service aces with 0.47 per game.
In addition to their on-court accolades, Buerger and Dady were also named to the SEC Women's Volleyball Academic Honor Roll, along with teammates Erin Gornes, Kristine Keese, Courtney Shealy and Mindi Westfall.
Westfall Moves Up Charts
With 1,024 assists this season, senior Mindi Westfall ended her career No. 3 on Georgia's all-time list for career assists. Earlier in the year Westfall passed Jill Moore (1988-91) for third on the last. Westfall's 4,539 career assists rank ahead of Moore (4,023) and behind Jodi Kruse (1990-93, 4,590) and Jenny McDowell (1984-87, 5,667).
For the season, Westfall's 11.64 assists per game ranked sixth in the SEC.
1999 Stat Leaders
Kills: 420, Stacy Buerger (4.52 pg)
Hitting Pct.: .223, Rebecca Dady
Assists: 1024, Mindi Westfall (11.64 pg)
Service Aces: 44, Rebecca Dady (0.47 pg)
Digs: 278, Stacy Buerger (2.99 pg)
Blocks: 86, Courtney Shealy (1.00 pg)