Athens, GA - The University of Georgia volleyball team was edged by the 17th-ranked LSU Tigers, 3-2, on Friday evening at the Ramsey Student Center in front of crowd of 751.
The two teams alternated set wins throughout the match with LSU taking the opening set 25-21 and Georgia answering with a 25-20 second-set win. The next two sets would need extra points to be decided with the Tigers taking the third set, 27-25, and the Bulldogs rebounding to take the fourth, 28-26. LSU then came away with the Southeastern Conference victory by winning the fifth set, 15-10. With the win, LSU improved to 18-2 overall and 9-2 in SEC action. Georgia dropped to 11-11 overall and 3-8 in league play.
The Tigers finished the match with 66 kills on a .293 hitting percentage led by a pair of 17-kill performances from Michele Williams and Angela Bensend while Desiree Elliott added another 15 kills. Defensively, LSU led the match in blocks, 14.0-12.0, and digs, 52-45, with a team-leading seven blocks from Tania Schatow.
Opposite LSU, Georgia countered with 58 kills on a .216 clip paced by junior middle hitter Ann Dylla's 14 kills on a .310 mark. Dylla also led the Bulldogs in blocks tying Schatow for a match-best seven stops. Adding Dylla's lead redshirt freshman Kathleen Luft recorded her third-career double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs. Offensively, freshman outside hitter Brittany Northcutt added another 11 kills and senior middle hitter Valentina Gonzalez contributed 10 kills.
Also of note for Georgia, junior libero Carla Tietz provided a match-best 14 digs raising her career total 1,125, which ties for 13th-most all-time at UGA. Gonzalez added four blocks in the match, which moved her career total blocks to 413, tying for fifth-most in school history. The two players climbing the charts on Friday join junior setter Kathleen Gates in the march up the record books. Gates, who finished the match versus LSU with 52 assists, now has 3,152 career assists, making her just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 3,100 career assists.
Friday night's match was the eighth five-set match of the year for Georgia. The most five-set matches in a single-season in school history is 10, which happened in both 1988 and 2002.
Georgia returns to the court at the Ramsey Student Center again on Sunday afternoon when Arkansas (9-12, 3-7 SEC) comes to Athens. First serve between the Bulldogs and Razorbacks is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET and admission is free.
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