Georgia concludes its non-conference schedule with a 9-2 record, the best since the 2018 season when the Bulldogs finished with the same record to start the season. Southeastern Conference play begins Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Mississippi State.
Senior Kacie Evans surpassed the double-digit elimination mark in the match, registering 11 eliminations. Second year Abby Maesch had eight kills in just two sets, hitting .538 over 13 swings.
defensively, Alexa Fortin co-led the team with Evans, totaling eight digs each. On the net, junior Sophie Fisher set up six blocks. As a team, Georgia blocked the Yellow Jackets 8.5-5.5.
The Bulldogs used a 6-2 streak early in the first set to take an 11-8 lead over Georgia Tech (7-2). Tech broke in with three straight games to find a 13-12 lead and stayed ahead by a couple as Georgia canceled time 18-16. The Yellow Jackets extended the lead with four straight games to go ahead 22-17 and then took the opening stanza 25-19.
Four straight points from the Yellow Jackets early in the second set fueled a strong frame for the visitors from Atlanta, winning the set 25-17. Maesch entered the rotation in the second set, providing a spark on offense, netting five kills off the bench.
Georgia regrouped to open the third set strong, going point-for-point with Tech. The stanza began with seven draws, with the two teams tied at 11. Three points from the Yellow Jackets opened up a small lead but one big enough to keep the Bulldogs at arm’s length. Maesch made it a one-point game at 18-17, but three more from GT put the Yellow Jackets ahead 21-17. Georgia managed to cut it to two at 22-20 but Tech held on and finished the set 25-21 and the match in three. The Bulldogs’ blocking shone in the set with 5.5 team blocks.
The Bulldogs open Southeastern Conference play at the road to Mississippi State on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Starkville’s first service is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, live on SEC Network.
The head coach Tom Black
In the crowd at the Stegeman Coliseum…
“We were really excited about the fans here. We really appreciate the performance, it means a lot to us. We hope they keep coming out. That’s a big part of what we want to do as a program.”
What the team will be working on moving forward…
“There’s a lot to work on, but our setting and our striking out of the system. I think that was the big difference in the game. We’ll work on that.”
On his thoughts on going 9-2 in conference play this week…
“I think it was a really good non-conference. We wanted to end it on a higher note, but we’ll be better the next game. I’m really excited for this team and to see what we can do in the conference. ”
Second year Abby Maesch
On how fans at the game contributed to the atmosphere…
“We are very grateful that the fans were able to attend our game. We like the number of them who came. It’s not every day that we have a full house, and that affects the game. It affects the intensity, and that affects the way we play. We are very happy that the fans were able to show up because they created a big spark in us and pushed us through this game.
University of Georgia held firm at No. 16 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 ranking of the nation’s top public universities, marking the seventh straight year that UGA has ranked in the top 20. Georgia is one of only two SEC institutions to rank among top 20.
“This exceptional news is another clear sign that the University of Georgia is cementing its position as one of America’s top public research universities,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “The consistency of our national rankings is a testament to the commitment of our talented faculty, staff and students; the generosity and support of our faithful alumni and friends; and the effectiveness of our vision and strategy to achieve new heights of academic excellence. »