Yes, it's football season, at last. But the gridiron isn't the only place where Bulldogs compete. In our commitment to bring you news from all of UGA athletic endeavors, Dawg Sports brings you this weekly summary of what's going on in Georgia's other programs.
We last brought you up to date on Saturday with the beginning matches of soccer and volleyball. Both teams have been in action since then, and we have a few tidbits from other sports, as well. While you get ready for a new kind of meteor game tonight between South Carolina and Vanderbilt, let's get caught up on the rest of UGA action.
Following a defeat in Lawrence to the Kansas Jayhawks, UGA bounced (kicked?) back with a 5-0 win over South Dakota State, improving to a 3-1 over all record. The loss to Kansas and the win over South Dakota State leave the Dawgs with a 1-1 split at the KU Invitational, and three Georgia players were named to the all-tournament team: Bella Hartley (a redshirt freshman who sat out last year recovering from having torn an ACL a second time in high school), Torri Allen, and Rebekah Perry. The five goals on Sunday were the Dawgs' biggest scoring output since 2010. Up next is a trip to Orlando for the UCF Tournament where UGA will face South Florida tomorrow and tournament host Central Florida on Sunday, 2 September 2012.
The Volleyball team improved to 2-0 Saturday night with a win over Troy at the Ramsey Student Center in the Sun Benson's Hospitality Bulldog Invitational. The Dawgs split the Sunday matches, defeating Georgia State and losing to the Slovenian National Team, with both decided in straight sets. Georgia's record stands at 3-0, since the loss was in an exhibition match. Liz Stemke's squad next heads to Tallahassee for a tournament co-hosted by FSU and Florida A&M, going up against Florida International tomorrow morning and the Rattlesnakes tomorrow evening. Play wraps up Saturday against the Seminoles. The Dawgs have one more tournament next weekend, in East Lansing, before diving into the SEC schedule on 14 September.
Diaz's Dawgs held their first practice yesterday. Georgia will participate in eight tournaments this fall before SEC play kicks in in January 2013. In alumni news, John Isner captured the title for the second straight year at the Winston-Salem Open last week. Yesterday, Isner won his first-round match at the U.S. Open.
The 2012-13 schedule has been announced, and the Dawgs will open competition against new conference member Texas A&M on 30 September at the UGA Equestrian Center in Bishop. This is the first official SEC meet, as the sport just this summer became officially sanctioned by the league. If you want a sneak peak at our riders, there will be a pre-season scrimmage at 4:00 p.m, 14 September, at the Equestrian Center. As soon as I found out if this is a no-contact scrimmage, I'll let you know.
The gymnastics squad will be adding its ninth Olympian, all-time, in Canadian Olympian Brittany Rogers this January; and former UGA distance runner Patrick Cunniff has been hired as a distance coach for the track & field and cross country teams.