Georgia wrapped up its 2002 season with a split at Disney's Wide World of Sports, winning a five-game match over Illinois State and dropping a five-gamer to No. 8 Northern Iowa.
In the weekend split, sophomore setter Margot Wallace tied an SEC record and became Georgia's all-time leader in single-season assists with 1,745 on the year. Wallace tied former Florida setter Jennifer Sanchez (1998) for the conference mark and passed Jenny McDowell in the Bulldog record book, who finished with 1,701 assists in 1986. Wallace led the league all season in assists per game and finished the year with 12.74.
Julia Petruschke, the SEC's Freshman of the Year, became the first athlete to enter the conference's top-10 list for single-season kills since 1995 with 665 on the season. Her numbers are 10th all-time in the league and are fourth all-time on Georgia's list. Petruschke's 1,470 total attacks are third all-time in the Bulldog record book.
Taking it to the FifthDuring the 2000 and '01 seasons Georgia played in a combined six contests that went to five games. In 2002, the Bulldogs played in 11 five-game matches, winning five and losing six. Georgia's last two matches of the season were both five-game matches, including a win over Illinois State on the final day.
The Bulldogs played nine matches against NCAA tournament teams in 2002, two matches that went to five games. Georgia earned a 3-2 victory over Central Florida and dropped a 3-2 decision to Northern Iowa.
Records Broken in 2002
Georgia Single Season Assists 1. Margot Wallace 1,745 2002 2. Jenny McDowell 1,701 1986 3. Jenny McDowell 1,630 1985
SEC Single Season Assists t1. Margot Wallace, UG 1,745 2002 t2. Jennifer Sanchez, UF 1,745 1998 t3. Jenny McDowell 1,701 1986 t3. Dani Reis, LSU 1,701 1990
Georgia Single Season Kills 1. Priscilla Pacheco 785 1994 2. Priscilla Pacheco 754 1993 3. Shelly Gross 715 1986 4. Julia Petruschke 665 2002
SEC Single Season Kills 8. Krystal Osborne, ARK 676 1995 9. Aycan Gokberk, UF 674 1993 10. Julia Petruschke, UG 665 2002