Following a loss at Auburn on October 12th, associate head coach Josh Lauer said, “They did a nice job in their transition game. We came out in the third set and battled them, but we needed to find that consistency earlier in the match. We have a good stretch over the next 10 days to hit the gym and get stronger as a team before being back home at Ramsey.” Over that 10 day stretch the Bulldogs were defeated by Texas A&M and Florida, falling to 1-8 in SEC play on the season. While the Dawgs were handed consecutive losses last week, there are some notable bright spots from their performances. Against Texas A&M, Junior Maddie Lobenstein lead the way with 16 kills and freshman Meghan Donovan shined with 56 of the team’s assists on the afternoon.
However, Georgia netted a hitting percentage of just .241 compared to A&M’s .392. The Dawgs were able to grab 2 of the first 3 sets before dropping the last two to the Aggies en route to a tough, close 3-2 loss. Against the nationally ranked Florida Gators, the Bulldogs needed a quick start to gain an advantage but were unable to do so, getting blanked 3-0. In the first two sets, Georgia was able to keep it close until Florida burst into a short run winning both sets by a score of 25-19. The third set started with a 12-0 Gator run leading to an easy, painless 25-8 victory sealing the match for Florida. Offensively, Dachs and Lobenstein lead the pack with 7 kills each. Nevertheless, the most glaring difference on the stat sheet is hitting percentage. Georgia managed to only hit .193 whereas the Gators sat at an efficient .438. The loss to #10 Florida sank Georgia to 13-9 (1-8) on the year and Florida sits 3rd in the SEC currently at 18-2 (8-1) overall. At the midpoint of the SEC schedule the Bulldogs need to make a run to start their climb out of the bottom of the conference.
The Dawgs have another tough task as the #10 Florida Gators make their way to the Ramsey Center in Athens on November 2nd.