College of Georgia Athletics

August 27, 2022

ATHENS, Ga. – The College of Georgia ladies’s volleyball staff recorded a sweep of Troy Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum to open the 2022 season (25-19, 25-18, 25-17). 
Newcomer Sophie Fischer shined in her Bulldog debut, placing up 11 blocks, setting a brand new Georgia rally scoring report, beforehand 9 set in 2015. Fischer additionally laid down eight kills with a pair of digs. 
Offensively, senior Kacie Evans tallied 11 kills hitting .350 within the match. Defensively, Evans added seven digs to her line. Sophomore libero Bailey Cox led the protection with 11 digs. 
Different notable performances included freshman Tori Harper placing up seven blocks with three kills in her Georgia debut and sophomore Abby Maesch with seven kills and three blocks. 
In all, Georgia put up 15 blocks within the three-set match, essentially the most since 13 in opposition to Kennesaw State in 2016. On the offensive facet of the ball, the Bulldogs hit .304 as a staff. 
Georgia trailed to open the match within the first set, down one on the first media break, 15-14. A 7-0 run put the Bulldogs out in entrance 20-16. Troy closed it to 2 at 20-18 and Georgia took a timeout. A Bulldog block and an ace from Maesch put Georgia again in entrance by 4 and Troy used its remaining timeout. The Bulldogs held on to complete the set on an 11-3 run to take the opening stanza 25-19. Fischer led the Bulldogs with 5 kills to start the match. 
A 5-1 run opened a 10-6 lead for UGA in set two, capped by Evans’ fifth kill, forcing an early timeout for Troy. Up 11-9, a 6-1 Georgia run lengthened its lead within the body to 16-10, exhausting the Trojans’ timeouts within the second. Georgia held on and rolled to a 25-18 set two win, going forward 2-0 on the Trojans. Evans put up 4 kills on 5 swings within the second set as Fischer had six blocks. 
Georgia jumped out to an 8-4 lead within the third and continued constructing on the benefit to 14-7. With the Bulldogs forward, Troy slowed the Georgia assault, reducing the result in 17-15. Georgia bounced again to wrap up the set on an 8-2 run, 25-17, closing the e-book on the three-set win. 
The Bulldogs will tackle Chattanooga and Santa Clara Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum. First serve in opposition to the Mocs is about for 11 a.m. The Basic Metropolis Conflict will finish when Georgia performs the Broncs of Santa Clara at 7:30 p.m. 
Head ladies’s volleyball coach Tom Black
On the staff’s efficiency…
“I believed it was a superb first day. A number of positives, and I used to be proud to see the place we will get lots higher as it’s the first recreation of the season. Having Abby Maesh stepping in, we hit a curve ball with Amber (Stivrins). That’s by no means one thing you wish to have occur earlier than a primary recreation, however Abby did a terrific job. She had a number of performs, and the staff actually rallied. It was nice to see.”
On Sophie Fischer’s efficiency… 
“That was thrilling. Not simply due to what number of blocks she received however how a lot better she goes to recover from the course of the season. She was actually dominant up there, and it was actually good to see her within the Purple and Black for the primary time.”
On what followers can anticipate to see from the staff this season…
“I believe we play quick. It’s an thrilling model of play. Our offense goes to go lots smoother. I believe we’re actually robust behind the service line. Clearly, we blocked a ton of balls. If we try this, we’re robust to attain in opposition to.”
Junior center blocker Sophie Fischer
On her first recreation as a Bulldog… 
“It felt good. We nonetheless have lots to work on, however I believe we got here collectively as a staff and achieve some issues we have been engaged on previously week, so it felt good.”
 On her record-setting blocking efficiency this night…
“I am working lots with Coach Tom [Black] and my different pin blockers, I am simply making an attempt to get higher with blocking, center blocking and my different place, exterior, are two completely different sized blocking, so working with them and simply getting Coach Tom’s recommendation and his data has been nice.”
On her expectations for this season… 
“We have now excessive expectations as a staff, and clearly these do not occur in a single day. So, simply persevering with to return to observe every day, work onerous, be taught from every recreation and simply proceed to work.”