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Georgia caps road trip with four-set win over Harvard

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The University of Georgia women's volleyball team concluded its first road trip of the season with a 3-1 win over the Harvard Crimson Saturday afternoon at the Malkin Athletic Center (28-30, 25-16, 25-18, 25-14).

Georgia climbs to 8-1 on the season with a three-win weekend in Boston.

Junior Sophie Fischer and senior Kacie Evans once again led the way offensively for Georgia putting up 17 and 16 kills, respectively. Fischer hit an eye-popping .571 on 28 swings, committing only one error. Fischer also led Georgia's blocking game with seven in the contest.

Freshman Tori Harper set a new season high with seven kills in the contest.

Sophomore libero Bailey Cox put up 14 digs followed by nine from Evans who also contributed defensively with four blocks. The Georgia defense held Harvard to a .130 hitting clip.

On the service line, Cox and Evans tallied three aces apiece as Georgia recorded 12, a new season high.

The opening set was about as close as it gets as the frame featured 19 ties and 10 lead changes. The Crimson gained momentum late in the set, taking a 22-19 lead, prompting a Bulldog timeout. Three-straight for Georgia knotted it at 22. Facing set point at 24-22, a Crimson service error and an Evans kill tied it at 24. A back-and-forth battle ensued but Harvard was able to pull out in front and take the set 30-28. Fischer (6) and Evans (5) combined for 11 kills in the opening set.

Georgia's offense hit a strong .424 in the second set, committing just three attack errors in the set. An 8-2 run early in the set gave Georgia a 10-6 lead, forcing a Crimson timeout. The Bulldogs never relinquished the lead in the frame, riding it to a 25-16 win, tying up the match at a set apiece. Evans' six kills in the set tipped the double-digit mark for the senior.

The Bulldogs worked an eight-point lead in the third set, going ahead 14-6 and forcing a Crimson timeout. Harvard responded with seven-straight points out of the break to slice Georgia's lead to one, 14-13. The Bulldogs fended off the advancing Crimson offense going back out in front with a 5-1 run, 20-15. Once again, Harvard cut the lead to 20-18 but Georgia held on to close the set on a 5-0 run including two Evans aces, taking the frame 25-18 and a 2-1 lead in the contest.

An 8-1 run for the Bulldogs made it an 9-2 lead early in the fourth stanza. Harvard would make it a three-point game, but Georgia never gave up the lead in the set, rolling to a 25-14 set victory and a 3-1 win to close out the weekend in Boston.

The Bulldogs will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on NC State Thursday, Sept. 15. Georgia will then return to Athens to host No. 5 Georgia Tech Saturday, Sept. 17. First serve against the Yellow Jackets at Stegeman Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.