FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- After gaining a 2-0 lead, the Georgia volleyball team (13-10, 1-9) couldn't hold on to the advantage, as Arkansas (5-18, 3-8) took the win in five sets on Sunday afternoon.
Georgia won the first two sets 25-21 and 26-24 before falling in the final three by scores of 27-25, 25-23 and 15-12.
"There is no doubt that we are playing better volleyball each time we step on the court, but we are falling just short to finish," said head coach Lizzy Stemke. "That is something that we will be putting all our efforts into next week."
Offensively, Amanda Dachs put up a team-best 16 kills followed by Maddie Lobenstein's 15. Meghan Donovan put up personal-best numbers with four aces and nine blocks while the freshman dished out 44 assists. Cassidy Anderson collected 14 digs along with a pair of aces.
Georgia had to battle in different ways in the first two sets, but pulled it out to go up 2-0 at the break. In the first set, the Bulldogs were down 13-3 after an Arkansas run, but used a 10-1 spree of their own down the stretch to win 25-21. In the next frame, it was back-and-forth between the squads, as no team led by more than four points. Behind five blocks apiece from Donovan and Desiree McCray, Georgia took the 26-24 victory.
The games continued to stay tight out of the locker room. Georgia looked to be on its way to closing it out with a 24-22 lead in the third. Late miscues hurt the Bulldogs, as Arkansas forced another set with a 27-25 win. In the fourth, Georgia knotted it at points 22 and 23, but Arkansas closed it out 25-23.
The Bulldogs held the better hitting percentage in the fifth set at .211, but two service errors and two reception errors had Arkansas capitalizing en route to a 15-12 win.
It's a quick turnaround for the Bulldogs next, as Georgia hosts No. 9 Florida on Wednesday. It's a white out at the Ramsey Center, as free wings will be handed out to students and the first 500 fans receive T-shirts. The game begins at 9 p.m. ET and will air nationally on ESPNU.