FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - The University of Georgia women's volleyball team earned a sweep of NC State Thursday afternoon in the Arkansas Challenge at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas (25-21, 25-22, 25-21).
This is Georgia's sixth sweep of the season as the Bulldogs climb to 9-1 in 2022.
Junior Sophie Fischer led Georgia's offense with 12 kills against the Wolfpack with a .450 hitting percentage. She also led Georgia's efforts at the net with five blocks.
Senior Meghan Froemming picked up a season-high 11 kills, hitting .667 in the match. Freshman Estelle Haugen laid down a season best nine kills.
Sophomore libero Bailey Cox recorded 12 digs for the Dogs.
The first set started neck-and-neck as the set was tied five times. Tied at 12, Georgia used five-straight points to go ahead 17-12, exhausting both Wolfpack timeouts in the opening set. NC State stormed back to cut the lead to one, 17-16, but Georgia never gave up the lead and held on to take the opening stanza 25-21. Haugen and Fischer paced the Bulldogs with six and four kills, respectively, each contributing two blocks.
Georgia used a 6-0 run early in the second set to go ahead 8-2. The Wolfpack chipped away at the lead to knot the set at 13. Tied again at 16, Georgia won four of the next five rallies to regain a three-point lead, 20-17, but NC State responded with three straight to retie it at 20, forcing Georgia's final timeout.
The Bulldogs capitalized on a couple Wolfpack errors to assist in closing out the set 25-22 and going ahead 2-0 in the match. NC State used unforced Georgia errors to go ahead 4-0 in the third. Georgia slowly cut into the lead, working it to a two-point set, 14-12. Georgia stayed within striking distance and used a 4-1 run to erase the deficit and take a 20-19 lead.
Georgia's momentum carried the Bulldogs to win five of the next seven en route to a sweep with the 25-21 set three win. Fischer totaled six kills in the final set for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs return home to host No. 7 Georgia Tech at Stegeman Coliseum Saturday. First serve between the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets is set for 7 p.m. Admission is free. The first 500 fans will receive a red t-shirt and the first 250 UGA students will receive free food.