Severe Storm Halts MSU-Georgia Volleyball Match

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A storm associated with the remnants of Hurricane Rita knocked out power on the Mississippi State campus Sunday afternoon, bringing to an early end Mississippi State's Southeastern Conference volleyball match with Georgia.

The match was tied at 1-1 and the third game knotted at 3-3 when MSU's volleyball arena, the Newell-Grissom Building, went dark at 2:40 p.m. The gymnasium was not damaged by the storm, though university officials reported significant damage to several buildings and vehicles and the downing of large trees in the central portion of campus less than a half-mile away.

MSU (9-2, 0-1 SEC) jumped out to a 6-0 lead and hit at a .438 clip in cruising to a 30-22 win in the opening game. Georgia rebounded to even the count with a 30-27 win in game two, and the teams were tied at 3-3 when play was halted in in the third set.

Rachel Cooper had nine kills on a .471 hitting performance and Orshi Kriegel eight kills and five digs in the match. Sophomore libero Megan Lukasek had a match-high 12 digs. UGA was paced by Alexandra Oquendo's nine kills.

MSU officials were awaiting information from the Southeastern Conference regarding the completion of the match, which wrapped up a five-match homestand and the opening weekend of SEC competition for Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs won their first game against Florida since 1989 Friday night, taking the opening set in a 3-1 loss to the sixth-ranked Gators. It was marked just the third game won by MSU against Florida in 27 matches. State first won a game against UF in 1984 when MSU head coach Tina Seals was a senior on the State volleyball team.

MSU continues SEC competition on the road this weekend when State closes out September competition Friday, Sept. 30 at South Carolina and then travels on to Knoxville, Tenn., for an Oct. 2 Sunday match at Tennessee.

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