Georgia Volleyball Falls to Middle Tennessee

ATHENS - Georgia volleyball seniors Alexandra Oquendo and Julia Petruschke combined for 46 kills but that wasn't enough for the Bulldogs as Middle Tennessee pulled out a 3-2 win at the Ramsey Center on Sunday.

Middle Tennessee (3-1) won the opening game, 30-19, game three, 30-18, and game five, 15-12. The Bulldogs' (1-1) wins came in games two (30-22) and game four (30-25).

Andressa Lyra of Middle Tennessee added 28 kills of her own to lead the Blue Raiders.

"We learned a lot about our team this weekend," said Georgia head coach Steffi Legall. "Last night we learned that when you work hard the ball seems to bounce your way. And today we learned you have to execute on every play, and we just didn't execute on the plays that made a difference.

"We had good intensions on everything but we couldn't sustain our mental focus. Middle Tennessee is a good team, so I wasn't surprised at all that this went to five games," Legall said.

Oquendo finished the night with 21 kills and nine blocks, while Petruschke had 25 kills and 10 digs. Brooke Burlingame led the Bulldogs with 14 digs. Freshman Audra Janak had 29 assists in her first match as a Bulldog.

This weekend freshmen Maria Taylor, Janak and redshirt freshman Alexis Morgan were on the court for Georgia. Taylor finished the Middle Tennessee match with seven kills and Morgan had six block assists.

Georgia is back in action Thurs., Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. against Georgia Southern in Athens.

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