On Saturday, September 17, Georgia Volleyball fell to Georgia Tech in a three-set match at Stegeman Coliseum.
Although the Bulldogs lost to the No. 7-ranked Yellow Jackets, performances from players such as senior outside hitter Kacie Evans, sophomore outside hitter Abby Maesch and junior middle blocker Sophie Fischer kept the sets tight.
Evans led the team in kills with 11 for the night. Maesch followed with eight kills and Fischer had six. Fischer led the team in blocks with six and Evans collected four. Evans along with redshirt junior setter Alexa Fortin led the team in digs with eight apiece. Additionally, sophomore setter Clara Brower led the team with 19 assists, along with six digs.
To open the game, Fischer had two early kills, including an undisputed overpass kill. The first Georgian block of the night came from graduate middle tackle Sage Powell and senior opposite hitter Meghan Froemming.
Assisted by sophomore Bailey Cox, freshman outside hitter Estelle Haugen had her first kill of the night to tie the score 8-8 where the Bulldogs went on a three-run run.
After a media downtime, rookie opposite hitter Tori Harper had her first undisputed win of the night. After a Georgia timeout, Haugen added another kill to cut Georgia’s deficit to just three.
After kills from Powell and Evans, Georgia Tech closed the first set 25-19.
Evans scored Georgia’s first point of the second set with a push kill down the line and immediately after, Evans and Fischer had a combined block of tricks.
Georgia Tech went on a 4-0 point streak that ended with a Maesch kill as the Bulldogs led 5-7.
Redshirt’s sophomore middle blocker Mackenzie Norris had her first kill of the game before Georgia Tech ultimately won the second set 25-17.
Georgia opened the third set with an early block of tricks from Fischer. Maesch then added another kill to his list to tie the score 5-5. Evans and Norris had a combination block to level the score again, at 8-8 and blocks from Evans and Fischer tied the score at 11-11.
Trailing 15-17, Froemming had his first kill on the right side. After a kill from Evans, Froemming and Fischer had a combination block. Georgia called their final timeout at 19-22 and despite another kill from Evans, Georgia Tech won the third set 25-21.
The Bulldogs travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State on Sept. 21 for their next game.