Sep 7, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - Georgia showed resilience in its 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) loss at the hands of the No. 13 Nebraska Huskers on Saturday, Sept. 9, in Lincoln, Neb. It was Georgia's first loss of the season, which gives it a 4-1 record. Nebraska is also 4-1 on the year.
"We executed our game plan well for two sets, but played a little tight at the end," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We are playing some really good volleyball and our competitive culture is as strong as it has ever been. We learned a lot from this weekend and are excited to get back into the gym and continue to get better."
Lauren Teknipp led the Georgia offense, finishing with 10 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Brittany Northcutt added nine kills, while Tirah Le'au finished with seven. Kaylee Kehoe and Maggie Baumert, who was playing in her home state, paced the Georgia offense with 20 and 14 assists, respectively. Kehoe also accounted for a service ace. Le'au led the team with four blocks, including two solo stops. Jasmine Eatmon finished with three blocks, while Elena Perri recorded two. Allison Summers led the team with 10 digs.
Nebraska opened up to an early 3-0 lead in the first set before the Bulldogs tied the set at three on kills by Northcutt and Perri. The Huskers retook the lead at 6-4 before Georgia scored three-straight points to take a 7-6 lead on a kill by Teknipp. The teams kept the set close, trading point on the next eight possessions before Nebraska took a two-point lead at 12-10. A Husker service error sparked a 5-0 Georgia run that put the Bulldogs up by three at 15-12. During the run the Bulldog defense shined, blocking three of Nebraska's attacks, including a solo block Le'au. Using the serve of Summers, the Bulldogs strung together three consecutive points that allowed them to extend their lead to 19-14. Nebraska answered with a 4-0 run that cut the lead to two at 20-18. The Huskers fought back tie the set at 21, before scoring the final four points of the set to win it 25-21.
Georgia and Nebraska kept the second set close over the opening possessions, as the scored knotted six times before the Huskers were able to put together a 4-0 run that allowed them to take a 14-10 lead. Kills by Megan Spencer and Eatmon put Georgia within three at 16-13. With Nebraska holding a 22-18 lead, Perri and Eatmon connected on back-to-back kills that made it a 22-20 set and forced Nebraska to use a timeout. With Nebraska at set point, Teknipp registered a kill that made it a 24-23 set before a service error sealed the 25-23 set two win for Nebraska.
Georgia opened the third set with a kill by Perri and kept the score within one through the opening seven possessions. Nebraska went on a 5-0 run that gave it a 13-6 lead before a Northcutt kill ended the run. The Huskers maintained the lead throughout the rest of the set, winning the third set 25-14.
The Bulldogs get back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 10, when they travel to Statesboro, Ga., for a 6 p.m., match against the Georgia Southern Eagles. Georgia returns home next weekend, Sept. 13-14 for the Benson's Hospitality Invitational which will take place in Stegeman Coliseum.