Lexington, KY - The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a Southeastern Conference match to Kentucky, 3-0, on Friday evening at Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky earned the win over Georgia with set scores of 25-20, 25-12 and 25-17, and with the victory, the Wildcats improve to 12-11 overall and 6-7 in SEC action. The Bulldogs drop to 11-13 overall and 3-10 in league play.
"We have to give some credit to Kentucky tonight and certainly they deserved this match, but we didn't do anything reminiscent of our week's preparation to be in this one," Georgia head coach Joel McCartney said.
The Wildcats controlled the match on both side of the net. On the offensive side of the net, UK posted 36 kills on a .226 hitting percentage led by Whitney Billings and Lauren Rapp, who posted 10 and nine kills, respectively. Defensively, the Wildcats led the match in blocks 15.5 to 6.0 while limiting the Bulldogs to a negative hitting percentage at -.010. Gretchen Giesler paced the UK blocking performance with six stops, three of which were solo blocks.
Georgia's top performances in the match included five kills from both freshman outside hitter Brittany Northcutt and senior outside hitter Simone May while senior middle hitter Valentina Gonzalez provided four blocks.
Up next, Georgia will play 22nd-ranked Tennessee (16-5, 8-4 SEC) on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena. First serve between the Bulldogs and Lady Vols is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and the match will be televised on CSS.
"I think everyone is pretty angry with this performance, so we will try to channel that energy towards our next opponent in Tennessee," McCartney said.
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