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.
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By now, I hope you've checked out DavetheDawg's metaphorical meteorology and made plans to indulge in a tasty Thursday Cocktail (if not gotten an early start to the weekend already, because hey, the afternoon's already mostly gone). And by now you should be awakening from your nap after dozing off while considering the excitement that'll be going on in Winston-Salem this weekend.
More football talk about the game of the century of the conference of the week will be along shortly, but let's do some quick catching up with our other sports since last Thursday.
Building on the 2-0 start from the previous weekend's Bulldog Invitational, the volleyball team headed south to Tallahassee and started well with 3-0 sweeps of FIU and Florida A&M. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Jasmine Eaton led the team in attack percentage in both matches. The following morning, the Dawgs fell to then eighth-ranked host FSU (now sixth) 3-1 (28-26, 11-25, 21-25, 15-25). It was a tough match, but UGA now stands at 5-1 in the young season and heads to East Lansing this weekend for the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational.
Last Friday night in Orlando, Georgia faced South Florida on the soccer field and emerged with a 2-1 victory. Both of Georgia's goals were headers, one courtesy of senior Susannah Dennis for the first score of the game, and the second by RS freshman Bella Hartley for the go-ahead goal after USF had tied the match just before halftime. Carli Shultis and Nicole Locandro were credited with assists. The Bulls had their fair of shots, and Georgia keeper Ashley Baker chalked up four saves.
The Dawgs were back in action in Orlando on Sunday against eighth-ranked UCF but fell to the Knights in a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss, the lone goal coming in a free kick with under a minute left. This is only the second overtime loss for Georgia out of seven OT matches in the last two seasons. UGA (4-2) is at home tomorrow hosting New Mexico at 7:00 pm. If you're not headed to Columbia, MO, a trip to the Turner Soccer Complex would make for a fun Friday night. Conference play starts next week against Vandy.
The oldest fall college tennis tournament in the nation will be held in Athens next weekend as Georgia hosts the 45th annual Southern Intercollegiates. Check out video of Coach Manny Diaz, Friend of the Blog, as he previews the tournament and the Dawgs' upcoming season.
Still Other Rooms
Mark Fox and the men's basketball team visited Foley Field for a little batting practice. Jarryd Wallace, UGA sophomore and son of women's tennis coach Jeff Wallace and former All-SEC Georgia distance runner Sabina Wallace , ran in the men's 4x100 relay at the London Paralympics, but after finishing third the team was disqualified along with second-place Brazil for baton hand-off infractions; Wallace, whose right leg was amputated following years of suffering with compartment syndrome, hits the track again tomorrow for the 400m preliminaries, and you can watch him in action via streaming video at the Games' web site. John Isner, men's tennis alumnus, exited the U.S. Open in the fourth round after a match that started on Sunday and ended in Monday's wee hours; Isner was upset by 19th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Isner will play singles for the U.S. team in the Davis Cup semifinals against Spain with matches scheduled for 14-16 September.