Georgia Bulldogs Sports Summary: Tennis and Volleyball Teams Headline Busy Friday

In case you hadn’t noticed, the University of Georgia fields teams in a variety of sports, of which football is but one. So you’ll be up to date heading into your Saturday, here’s a précis of what the Georgia Bulldogs did on Friday:

Tennis

Seven of ten Georgia men’s tennis players advanced in singles play at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Among the victors were sixth-ranked Wil Spencer (6-3, 6-1), 24th-ranked Sadio Doumbia (6-0, 6-1), and freshman Nathan Pasha (6-3, 6-4).

The Georgia women’s tennis team was even more dominant on the opening day of the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, going 6-1 in singles and 6-0 in doubles. Another Red and Black freshman contributed to the cause here, too, as Lauren Herring won her singles match, 6-1, 6-0, and took part in a pair of doubles victories, carding 8-5 and 8-3 triumphs with Kate Fuller as part of the country’s 20th-ranked tandem team.

Golf

Playing in poor weather conditions, the Georgia women’s golf team failed to live up to its No. 11 ranking in the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview in Franklin, Tenn. Marta Silva Zamora posted a seven-over-par 75, as the Bulldogs finished the opening round in 17th place . . . out of 18 participating teams.

Soccer

The unranked Georgia women’s soccer team opened SEC play against No. 6 Florida, and the Bulldogs succeeded in holding the Gators to their lowest goal tally in six games, thanks to Ashley Baker’s four saves.

Unfortunately, the Athenians’ five-match winning streak was halted after a scoreless deadlock was broken with an Orange and Blue goal in the 70th minute. Georgia’s attempt to tie the contest anew with a minute remaining failed when Jenna Owens sent a shot toward the goal from 35 yards away, only to see the ball deflected off of the crossbar. Earlier shots by Susannah Dennis and Alexa Newfield also came agonizingly close to producing scores, but the Bulldogs fell to 0-1 in conference action by dropping a 1-0 decision to Florida.

Volleyball

It was an historic night for the Georgia women’s volleyball team, as head coach Lizzy Stemke picked up her first SEC win and setter Kathleen Gates used her fourth double-double of the season to become the sixth Bulldog volleyballer to card 4,000 career assists. More than 1,000 fans were on hand at the Ramsey Student Center to watch Ole Miss take an early lead by winning the first set, 25-13. The Bulldogs then came roaring back to take the match with 25-15, 25-22, and 25-22 wins in the next three sets.

You’re now officially up to speed. Now get some sleep; we’ve got a big day tomorrow, and it’s an early kickoff.

Go ‘Dawgs!

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