Sep 6, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - For the fourth time in as many matches, the University of Georgia volleyball team won its match in straight sets, as it handed the Southern Miss Golden Eagles a 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-17) loss at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 4-0 on the season, while Southern Miss dropped to 2-2.
Brittany Northcutt led the team with 11 kills, followed by Stacey Smith and Lauren Teknipp, who finished with nine kills each. Both Smith and Teknipp finished with an attack percentage over .400, as Smith went 9-for-12 with one error for an attack percentage of .667, while Teknipp finished 9-for-17 with one error for a hitting percentage of .471. Jasmine Eatmon and Elena Perri each finished with seven kills each. Kaylee Kehoe and Maggie Baumert paced the offense, finishing with 23 and 20 assists, respectively.
On the defensive side of the court, the Bulldogs finished with six team blocks, led by Eatmon, Perri and Teknipp, who each finished with two blocks. Georgia has now out blocked its opponent in three of its four victories this season. Allison Summers led the Bulldogs in digs with 11.
"This was a good first road win," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We continued to adjust well to different circumstances and did a nice job of maintaing our focus and creating our own energy against Southern Miss in a neutral environment. We will enjoy this win tonight, get some rest and be ready to take on Nebraska tomorrow in what I know will be an exciting match."
Georgia raced out to a commanding 7-2 lead in the first set and never looked back. On the service of Northcutt and with the help of kills by Smith, Tirah Le'au and Perri, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-0 lead that forced the Golden Eagles to call their first time out. Southern Miss made it a five-point set at 12-7 before a Northcutt kill sparked a 4-0 run that put the Bulldogs up 16-7. With Georgia leading 17-9, Eatmon registered a kill that helped the Bulldogs score eight of the final 12 points to take set one 25-12 and take a 1-0 lead in the match. During the run, Baumert was effective at the service line, serving four of Georgia's final eight points.
The Bulldogs took an early 7-4 lead in the second set, before Southern Miss put the set within two at 8-6. A block by Northcutt and Eatmon, paired with a kill by Chloe Buckendahl and a Perri block, allowed Georgia to extend its lead to five at 11-6, forcing the Golden Eagles to use their first timeout of the set. Southern Miss fought back to within three at 13-10 before a trio of Georgia kills put it in front 16-10. The teams traded points over the next several possessions, with Southern Miss coming within two at 22-20 with the help of three-straight kills. An attack error by Southern Miss gave the Bulldogs set point, at 24-20 before another Golden Eagle miscue sealed the 25-22 set two win for Georgia.
The two teams kept the third set close through the opening possessions, as neither team was able to take more than a two point lead. With the scored tied at nine, Perri registered back-to-back kills that put the Bulldogs on top 11-9. Georgia strung together a 6-0 run, that included two kills each by both Perri and Northcutt and allowed Georgia to take a comfortable 17-10 lead. Southern Miss put together a run that brought it to within five at 20-14, but a Baumert service ace, a pair of Eatmon kills, a Golden Eagle attack error and a Northcutt kill gave Georgia the match with a 25-17 set three win.
Georgia gets back in action tomorrow afternoon, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m., when it takes on No. 13 Nebraska. The match marks the first time this season that Georgia has faced an opponent that is ranked in the AVCA Top-25.