ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia volleyball team suffered its first setback of the season, falling 3-1 (25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 21-25) to Georgia Southern in the Georgia Challenge on Thursday night.
The loss put Georgia at 3-1 on the season while Georgia Southern moved to 3-3.
"I thought we were a little sloppy tonight," said head coach Lizzy Stemke. "I thought Georgia Southern ran a really nice tempo and kept us chasing quite a bit. Through that chasing I think we got out of our routine, got out of our rhythm, committed a lot of net violations and had a lot of crazy errors because we were chasing quite a bit."
Redshirt sophomore Amanda Dachs led the Bulldogs with her first double-double of the year, tabbing 14 kills and 12 digs. Redshirt junior Desiree McCray and sophomore Maddie Lobenstein followed with 11 kills each.
Sophomore Cassidy Anderson tied Dachs for the team high in digs at 12 while the Kentucky native also notched four service aces, tying her career high against Harvard last season.
The Bulldogs took the first set 25-20 behind a .332 hitting mark and 16 team kills. Dachs posted five kills in the early action off of nine attacks and no errors. GSU quickly evened it up, holding Georgia to a .069 hitting percentage and seven kills.
Out of the break, the Eagles took a close battle 25-23 before closing out the match with a 25-21 win in the final set. GSU was efficient in the third set, hitting .371 with two attack errors. Georgia held the early lead until tied at 12, a 4-0 run by GSU put the visitors in front for good. In the final set, under the serve of Anderson, Georgia rallied early to knot it at 7 each, but GSU's 17 digs and three aces helped the Eagles to the win.
Georgia returns to the court on Friday for a pair of matches, taking on Mercer at 1 p.m. ET and Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. ET.