Athens, GA - The University of Georgia volleyball dropped a Southeastern Conference match to Ole Miss, 3-1, Friday evening at the Ramsey Student Center.
Georgia (13-16, 4-13 SEC) took the first set of the match 25-19, but Ole Miss (18-8, 12-5 SEC) bounced back to take the next three sets with scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19 for the win.
"We came out strong and stayed within our focus of defensive points," Interim head coach Chad Hanson said. "But we got quieter as Ole Miss got stronger. We kept addressing that through the match, but we were not able to make the adjustments to see the results on the court."
Whitney Craven led the Rebels with the only double-double of the contest as she tallied a match-best 12 kills to go along with 10 digs. Craven's performance was supported by 10 kills from Allegra Wells and 17 digs from Morgan Springer.
As a team, the Rebels finished with a slight lead over the Bulldogs in kills, 47-10, and aces, 6-5, but picked up a key edge in blocking at 13.0 to 8.0. Both teams finished with 57 digs.
For Georgia, senior middle hitter Valentina Gonzalez had a team-high nine kills on a .364 clip while junior libero Carla Tietz provided a match-best 19 digs. Tietz's 19 digs moved her up one spot on the career digs chart at UGA to eighth as her career total now stands at 1,204.
Friday night's match with Ole Miss concluded a four-match home-stand for Georgia at 2-2. Now, just three matches remain on the 2010 schedule for the Bulldogs with the next two coming on the road at Mississippi State (Nov. 19) and at Alabama (Nov. 21) before the season concludes at home against Auburn (Nov. 24).
"Our next focus is a great weekend of rest and preparing for next weekend's road trip, the final road trip of conference play," Hanson said. "That's our very next focus along with continuing to improve on the little things that we can to make it a successful trip."