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Classic City Clash

Georgia sweeps Mocs, Broncos at Classic City Clash

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ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia volleyball team finished out the Classic City Clash with consecutive sweeps of both Chattanooga and Santa Clara at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday, improving to 3-0 to start its 2022 campaign.

By finishing opening weekend undefeated, it marks the first time since 2018 that the Bulldogs opened the season with three-straight wins. Georgia's two victories in just six sets came by a 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 result against the Mocs and a 25-16, 25-15, 25-17 final against the Broncos.

"This team is certainly just special. ... And playing in Stegeman Coliseum, it's unreal, it's just awesome having the fans here," said senior outside hitter Kacie Evans. "It's a whole different level when we're on our game, and it really showed the last three matches. We swept everyone, just continuing to keep playing our game like that."

Both redshirt-sophomore Mackenzie Norris and freshman Estelle Haugen made the most of their season debuts. Norris posted a career-high 10 kills on 15 attempts (.600) while Haugen, appearing in the Red and Black for the first time of her career, tallied seven kills, five digs, and a pair of assists to secure the first sweep against the Mocs.

Freshman Ana Julia Bleeker also made her collegiate debut in the first match, recording a pair of digs for the Bulldogs.

Georgia (3-0) started hot in the first set, beginning with a 5-0 run to begin the match. A block from junior Sophie Fischer increased the Bulldogs' lead to six (15-9) at the media timeout.

Georgia continued its early momentum with a 4-0 run coming out of the media timeout sparked by three aces from Meghan Froemming, forcing Chattanooga to call its first timeout of the match (19-9). The Bulldogs continued their offensive onslaught to finish the first set 25-13.

After trailing to start the second set, the Bulldogs rallied to lead 15-13 at the media timeout. Coming out of the break, Georgia went on a 4-0 run, forcing Chattanooga to regroup with their its timeout of the set (19-13). In all, the Bulldogs closed out the second set with a 12-3 run to win 25-16.

The Bulldogs trailed again to start the third set but quickly regained the momentum to lead 15-13 at the media timeout. Georgia increased the lead to seven with an 8-3 run coming out of the media timeout (23-16).The Bulldogs completed the sweep with a 25-19 victory in the third set.

UGA's second match of the day against Santa Clara opened with a close first set, with neither team pulling away by more than three points.

However, fueled by three-straight kills by three different Bulldogs, the Red and Black took a 15-8 lead into the first media timeout. A block from Sage Powell and Abby Maesch forced the Broncos to take their first timeout, as Georgia took an eight-point lead, 18-10.

Georgia claimed the first set, 25-16, fueled by three Santa Clara service errors, a pair of Bulldog aces and seven Evans kills.