Auburn, AL - The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a three-set, Southeastern Conference match to Auburn at the Student Activities Center on Wednesday evening.
Georgia (10-8, 2-5 SEC) held a lead in all three sets, but Auburn (14-5, 5-2 SEC) managed to erase all three Bulldog advantages to complete the sweep with set scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-22. It marks Auburn's first victory over UGA since 2006 as the Bulldogs had won the seven previous meetings.
In the first set, Georgia led by four at 18-14, but Auburn found momentum towards the end of the frame closing on an 11-4 run to take a 1-0 advantage in the match. The second set then played out in a similar fashion with Georgia leading midway through at 16-10, but Auburn again battled back over the second half of the frame finishing on a 15-4 run. The third set was then the closest contested of the three as neither team led by more than three points. The Bulldogs held their three-point advantage at 16-13, but the Tigers played strong at the end of the set once more winning by three at 25-22.
Auburn finished the match with 45 kills on a .306 hitting percentage while also picking up points with one ace and eight team blocks. The Tigers were led by Morgan Johns, Sarah Bullock and Liz Crouch. Johns and Bullock finished with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, while Crouch had a match best 13 digs.
Georgia posted 39 kills on a .212 mark led by senior middle hitter Valentina Gonzalez's 12 kills on a .435 clip. The Bulldogs also tallied three aces and six blocks, and the defensive effort was paced by junior libero Carla Tietz's 10 digs. Meanwhile, setter Kathleen Gates narrowly missed recording a double-double for the fifth straight match by notching 35 assists and nine digs.
Up next, Georgia continues its road swing with a trip to Oxford, Miss., to face Ole Miss (10-5, 4-2 SEC) on Sunday. First serve between the Bulldogs and Rebels is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.
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