November 20, 1998
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - In the first round of the Southeastern Conference Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Ole Miss lost to Georgia 15-13, 15-7, 11-15, 15-9. Ole Miss finished the season 9-23, while Georgia improved to 13-13.
Ole Miss was led by Kira Zschau with 15 kills, followed by Lauren Dorcheus with 13 kills and Kari Elggren with 12 kills and 14 digs. Danielle Atzinger added 12 digs.
Kathy Vis led Georgia with 20 kills, followed by Cassie Brill with 16 and Stacy Buerger with 14. Wendy Powell added 18 digs.
"Georgia played well, but I am proud of the way our team played," head coach John Blair said. "They played Georgia tough and gave them a good match."
Ole Miss jumped out to a 2-0 start on a Dorcheus kill and a block by Dorcheus and Zschau. Georgia came back to tie the match 3-3 and took an 8-6 lead, but the Lady Rebels tied the contest 8-8 on Leigh Rittiner's kill and went ahead 9-8 on a kill by Abby Hollander. Ole Miss went up 11-9 on a kill by Zschau before the Bulldogs roared back and took a 14-11 lead. Two consecutive attack errors by Georgia brought the Lady Rebels to within 14-13 before Georgia closed out the first game 15-13.
In the second game, Georgia quickly went up 2-1. Both teams traded several sideouts before the Lady Rebels tied the match 2-2. Georgia took control and went ahead 7-3, but Ole Miss, on a block by Hollander and Rittiner and a solo block by Hollander, tightened the match 7-6. The Bulldogs then ran off six consecutive points before Ole Miss could answer, and Georgia took the game 15-7.
Ole Miss ran out to a 3-1 lead in the third game, until an ace by Georgia's Kathy Vis tied the match 3-3. The Lady Rebels scored six consecutive points, opening up a 9-3. Georgia, with Ole Miss leading 14-4, stormed back to close the gap to 14-11 before the Lady Rebels finished off the game 15-11.
Game four was tight at the beginning, with neither team leading by more than two until Georgia took a 9-6 advantage. The Bulldogs kept the streak going as they went up 11-6, but a kill by Ellgren brought Ole Miss to within four. Zschau's kill made the score 11-8 and Georgia went up 12-8 and took the game 15-9 and the match 3-1.
SEC VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Ole Miss (9-23) 13 7 15 9
Georgia (13-13) 15 15 11 15