Georgia Volleyball To Conclude 2010 Season Wednesday

By: UGA Sports Communications
By: UGA Sports Communications

Athens, GA - The University of Georgia volleyball team will conclude its 2010 regular season campaign Wednesday against Auburn at the Ramsey Student Center.

Georgia enters the season finale at 15-16 overall and 6-13 in Southeastern Conference action and will be vying to finish the year .500 with a win. Auburn will come to Athens looking to earn its 20th win of the year and stay above .500 in league play as the Tigers are 19-12 overall and 10-9 in SEC matches.

In the all-time Georgia-Auburn series, the Bulldogs hold a 31-10 lead. However, Auburn won the first meeting between the schools this year on Oct. 6 in Auburn, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22).

Wednesday's match will also mark the collegiate playing finale for Bulldog seniors Simone May and Valentina Gonzalez.

May, an outside hitter from Guntersville, Ala., will be concluding a five-year career in the Red and Black. May joined the Georgia program in 2006 and redshirted before playing four seasons and amassing nearly 300 kills and over 80 blocks. In 2009, May recorded a career-high 14 kills to help Georgia rally from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Long Island in five sets to win the Courtyard LaGuardia Volleyball Classic Title.

Gonzalez, a middle hitter from Monterrey, Mexico, will be concluding a four-year career with Georgia where she has accounted for 937 kills. This past Sunday at Alabama, Gonzalez raised her career block assist total to 417 to establish a new school record in the category surpassing Lital Sisso's 413 (1994-97) and was subsequently named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Gonzalez's 446 total blocks rank fourth most in school history and are ninth in the SEC under the rally-scoring format. Additionally, Gonzalez will be looking to further etch her name in the Georgia record books on Wednesday. She will enter the match with a .399 hitting percentage on the season and will be attempting to become just the second player in school history to hit .400 or better in a single year (Alexandra Oquendo, .410, 2004). Gonzalez has virtually secured the second spot for career hitting percentage at Georgia as her four-year mark currently stands at .335, second only to Oquendo's .361 (2002-05) and 12 percentage points ahead of Hadli Anstine's mark of .323 (1992-95).

May and Gonzalez will be recognized for their years of dedication and commitment to the Georgia volleyball program immediately following Wednesday's match. Fans in attendance are encouraged to stay in the Ramsey Student Center to help honor the two senior student-athletes.

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