BOULDER, Colo. - The Georgia volleyball team defeated #24 Colorado (3-3) Friday evening to open play at the Buffs Invitational (25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19).
With the victory, Georgia remains perfect on the season at 7-0. Friday's win is the first over a ranked opponent since Oct. 23, 2013 (#15 Kentucky, 3-2).
"I'm really proud of the steadiness and toughness the ladies showed tonight against a very good Colorado team," said head coach Tom Black. "We know we have another good test tomorrow. We're excited to rest up tonight and compete tomorrow against a good Oklahoma team."
Sophomore T'ara Ceasar recorded her third 20-kill match of the season, finishing with 22, tying a season high, a kill shy of matching a career best. Rachel Ritchie had a season-high 18 kills in her seventh-straight double-digit kill match.
Six Bulldogs recorded kills on Friday as the team hit .287. Setter Meghan Donovan tied a career high with 56 assists. Libero Kendall Glover set a career-high with 25 digs. As a team, the Bulldogs notched a season-high nine blocks.
The Bulldogs opened the match with five-consecutive points to capture an early lead that they held much of the set. Colorado pulled within two points of Georgia, forcing the Bulldogs to call a timeout, 21-19. The Bulldogs scored a pair of points out of the timeout and held off the Buffaloes to win the opening set, 25-21.
Ceasar had eight first-set kills in the opening set while hitting .500 on her own. Ritchie contributed five kills. Georgia hit .353 in the opening set as a team, committing just four attack errors.
An 8-1 run by Georgia in the second set propelled the Bulldogs to a 12-9 lead. The Bulldogs and Buffaloes proceeded to exchange points. Colorado was the first to 20 points, prompting a timeout from UGA, 20-18. The Bulldogs were able to pull within one at 21-20 on a Ritchie ace but Colorado held on to narrowly defeat the Dawgs in the second frame, 25-23. The second set featured eight ties and four lead changes.
Ceasar eclipsed her sixth double-digit kill match in the second set, reaching 12 going into the third.
The third set went back-and-forth much of the stanza. Mid-set, Colorado used a four-point run to take a 15-13 lead, but Georgia worked to tie it back up at 20. Tied at 21, the Bulldogs won the next three points to draw set point. After the Buffaloes won the next two, Georgia took a timeout. Ceasar recorded her 16thkill of the match to secure the third set for the Bulldogs.
Ritchie recorded her seventh-straight double-digit kill match in the third.
Georgia found an 8-5 lead with four-straight points in the fourth. The Bulldogs never relinquished the lead en route to a 25-19 victory in the fourth, securing the match win.
Ceasar wrapped the match with six kills in the fourth, hitting .556. Ritchie also had six kills. As a team, Georgia had its best hitting performance in the fourth with a .438 clip.
Georgia will retake the court Saturday at 2 p.m., ET, against Oklahoma from Boulder.