Yes, it's football season, 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.
There's plenty of time to get your fill of football talk here at Dawg Sports, including this week's Dawg Gone Podcast and Spears's picks for games in the SEC and beyond, and we'll be back later today with the National Game of Disinterest and yet another tasty Cocktail Thursday from MaconDawg. But first, let's get caught up on how the Bulldogs are doing in sports venues off the gridiron.
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The volleyball team began its conference season on the road last weekend with trips to Columbia and Starkville. Dang. I guess I need to get used to specifying Columbia. This trip was to the Columbia that was, I believe, the first city in the United States to be named after Christopher Columbus.
The team got mixed results. On Friday night, the Gamecocks won the season opener 3-0 (24-26, 18-25, 19-25) in a hotly contested battle. Sunday afternoon, the visiting Bulldogs from Athens beat the host Bulldogs 3-1 (24-26, 25-13, 25-20, 25-23, leaving the Dawgs at 1-1 in conference play and 7-4 over all. Dawgs Tirah Le’au and Briana Bahr each notched 16 kills, and Brittany Northcutt got a double-double with 11 kills and 19 digs.
Georgia faces Alabama and Arkansas at home tomorrow night and Sunday, respectively, at the Ramsey Student Center.
The soccer team also opened conference play and kept Vandy's goalie busy Friday night in Athens with 26 shots, but couldn't get the ball in the net as the Dawgs and 'Dores played to a scoreless tie. On Sunday against Arkansas, the first half saw each team take five shots, but the Dawgs launched into the second half firing 13 shots to the Razorbacks' 1. Georgia's Meghan Gibbons scored twice in two minutes with assists from Carli Shultis and Nikki Hill, and the defense held for a 2-0 final score. Your Bulldogs are now 5-3-1 (1-0-1 SEC).
WE'RE NUMBER ONE! WE'RE NUMBER ONE! The equestrian team is tied with new conference rival Texas A&M at the top of the Preseason Women’s Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches Poll. The Dawgs host the Aggies on 30 September to see who gets to hold on to the top spot and who takes a step back.
The men and women's cross country teams ran in the Commodore Classic Saturday in Nashville, but the five men who scored in the season's first match stayed in Athens, as did the top three runners on the women's team. Even so, the men placed fourth in the field of 24 besting all participating SEC teams except Tennessee, who placed third behind Eastern Kentucky and Miami. The women placed sixth out of 24 behind host Vandy, Ole Miss, Eastern Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Bama.
The men's tennis team was honored last Saturday at the UGA-FAU football game for capturing the program's 34th SEC title. The gymnastics team had its first day of practice this week. In baseball news, Diamond Dog Justin Grimm was called up for the second time this season to pitch relief for the Texas Rangers, and Josh Fields's Pawtucket Red Sox made it to the one game winner-take-all Triple-A National Championship but fell to the Reno Aces by a 10-3 score last night. Josh didn't play last night but notched a 1-0 record and four saves in his last ten appearances and 19 strikeouts in his last 13.2 innings with the club.
That should get you caught up on your balanced diet of UGA sports before you go back to pig out at the pigskin trough.