Volleyball Wins Outback Steakhouse Invitational

ATHENS, Ga.- The University of Georgia volleyball team defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins in three straight games (30-18, 30-22, 30-16) before a crowd of 578 at the Ramsey Center on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs' 3-0 overall record gave them the title in the Outback Steakhouse Invitational. It represents the first time since 1997 Georgia has started a season with a 3-0 record.

"I am very pleased with the performance of the team," said Georgia coach Mary Buczek. "Now we have to work hard this week to prepare for our upcoming match against Clemson."

Game one began with an intense rally won by Jacksonville, however the Bulldogs quickly recovered with the help of Stacy Buerger's three kills and three consecutive service aces at the beginning of the game. The continued consistency of the Bulldogs' game posed a serious threat to the Dolphins as they fell behind by 12 points, losing the game to Georgia (30-18).

Senior Erin Gornes stated, "Throughout the game, all of us were consistent, and I am very pleased with that." Buerger also reemphasized the importance of consistency to the team. "Our main goal this season is consistency."

The Dolphins appeared to be fighting harder for a win in the second game, attempting to overcome the Bulldogs. Georgia got off to a slower start in game two, allowing the Dolphins to remain on its tail for the first half of the game.

Led by Buerger, who tallied five kills and the winning service ace, the Bulldogs' firepower proved to be too much, as they won the second game, 30-22. In the third game, the Bulldogs continued to dominate the match.

Although the Dolphins attempted to come back they could not resist the intense attacks of the Georgia players. Buerger's 20 (.514) kills for the match, along with the defensive blocks from Gornes (4) and senior Kristine Keese (3), allowed the Bulldogs to come out on top once again (30-16), winning their third match in a row and the first tournament of the season.

Georgia returns to action this Wednesday when it faces Clemson at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.

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