Dig Pink Month For Georgia Volleyball Begins This Weekend Against Alabama, Mississippi State

By: UGA Sports Communications
By: UGA Sports Communications

Athens, GA - The University of Georgia volleyball team will Dig Pink For Breast Cancer in October as the Bulldogs return to action this weekend with a pair of Southeastern Conference contests against Alabama and Mississippi State.

With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Georgia volleyball team will be using the whole month to raise funds to donate to the Athens Breast Health Center.

Georgia’s match against Mississippi State on Sunday will serve as the “kick off” of Dig Pink Month for the UGA volleyball team as the Bulldogs will wear pink warm-ups. During that match, there will be a silent auction for game worn jerseys and game balls to aid the fund raising efforts. Additionally, fans will be able to donate at the event and at all remaining home matches in October. At UGA’s final home match in October on Sunday, Oct. 24, against Arkansas, the Bulldogs will honor breast cancer survivors in attendance at the match and will present Athens Breast Health Center with a donation from the month of fundraising.

Georgia (9-6, 1-3 SEC) will open this weekend's play against Alabama (8-5, 0-3 SEC) on Friday. First serve between the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide is slated for 7 p.m. ET at the Ramsey Student Center.

In the all-time Georgia-Alabama series, the Bulldogs hold a narrow edge at 19-18. Last year the two teams split two meetings, with Georgia winning the most recent match, which came in Athens, 3-1(25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21). Alabama won the first meeting in 2009 in Tuscaloosa, 3-0 (29-27, 25-14, 25-15).

On Sunday, Georgia will welcome the SEC's other Bulldog mascot school, Mississippi State, to Athens. The battle between the conference's Bulldog institutions is slated to get underway at 1 p.m. and will be televised by FSN.

In the all-time Georgia-Mississippi State series, UGA leads 35-9 including wins in the last five meetings. Mississippi State's last win the series came in 2007 in Starkville.

Sunday's UGA-MSU match will be the first of five televised matches this season for Georgia. Four of the five matches are included as part of the SEC TV schedule, which includes 17 matches that will air on ESPNU, FSU and CSS, while a fifth Georgia match will air on the Sunshine Network. The UGA-MSU contest will be the only home match on Georgia’s TV schedule. Three days later on Wednesday, Oct. 6, Georgia plays at Auburn in a match that will be carried by ESPNU at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 17, Georgia’s 1:30 p.m. ET at Florida will air on the Sunshine Network. On Sunday, Oct. 31, the Bulldogs will play their first of two matches on CSS when they take on the Lady Volunteers of Tennessee in Knoxville at 2 p.m. Georgia’s final TV match of the 2010 regular season and second on CSS will come at Alabama on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

Admission is free to all regular season matches in the Ramsey Student Center. For Sunday's Dig Pink kick off, the first 300 fans will receive pink Georgia volleyball t-shirts, and the first 20 groups of four UGA students will receive a free large pizza.

Live stats will be available for both matches on www.georgiadogs.com. Fans can also log on for free live video of Friday's UGA-UA match and free live audio of Sunday's UGA-MSU contest.

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