Trekkies know that the even-numbered "Star Trek" films are the best ones, and the Bulldogs learned on Sunday afternoon that the odd-numbered sets are more favorable, as the Georgia volleyball team carded a five-set triumph over Arkansas in Fayetteville. (No, not Fayetteville, Ga.; stay with me, people.)
The first set went to the ‘Dawgs, 25-23. The Hogs responded with a 25-17 win in the second stanza. A Georgia team described by head coach Lizzy Stemke as "aggressive from the beginning" answered by taking the third set, 25-22, and Arkansas retorted by claiming the fourth frame by that selfsame score. For just the second time this autumn, the Red and Black played a fifth set, from which the Athenians emerged victorious, 15-11.
Kathleen Luft led the way for the Georgia ladies, setting a new career-best mark with 22 kills. Luft and her teammates also established a new high water mark for the season with 15.5 blocks in the conference road win. Six of those blocks came from Luft, who, together with Elizabeth Reid, set new individual career highs in that category.
The win evened the Bulldogs’ SEC record at 5-5 and moved their overall mark just shy of .500 (9-11). The young club, which dropped eight of ten decisions between August 27 and September 18, has won five of eight since September 23.