Sept. 14, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Briana Bahr led the University of Georgia volleyball team with 12 kills as it fell to the South Carolina Gamecocks 3-0 (24-26, 18-25, 19-25) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools. The Bulldogs fall to 6-4 on the season and 0-1 in the SEC, while the Gamecocks improve to 12-0 on the year, including a 1-0 mark in conference play.
Bahr finished with 12 kills and an attack percentage of .632, connecting on 12-of-19 attempts to lead the team. Brittany Northcutt finished with 11 kills, while Tirah Le’au added nine kills. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense with 23 assists. As a team, the Bulldogs finished with four aces, including two by Maggie Baumert.
Georgia jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set before South Carolina tied the set at five. A South Carolina service error sparked a 4-0 Georgia run that included a Baumert service ace, a block by Le’au and Eatmon and a Northcutt kill that put the Bulldogs ahead 9-5. South Carolina cut the lead to two at 11-9, but a pair of kills by Northcutt and Perri extended Georgia’s lead to 13-9. South Carolina put together a 4-0 run that tied the score at 14, before a kill by Bahr ended the run and put the Bulldogs back on top 15-14. The Bulldogs scored five-straight point that gave them a 22-16 lead, before South Carolina scored three-consecutive points and made it a 22-19 set. The teams tied at 23 and 24 before South Carolina sealed the 26-24 win.
Trailing 5-3 in set two, a service error by the Gamecocks ignited a 4-0 run that gave the Bulldogs its first lead of the set at 7-5. South Carolina answered with three-straight points of its own to take an 8-7 lead before a Bahr kill tied the set at eight. South Carolina took an 11-9 lead before Le’au added a kill to cut the lead to one at 11-10. South Carolina then scored six-straight points to take a 17-11 lead. The Bulldogs chipped away at the lead, coming within five at 22-17, but South Carolina scored the final two points to take the second set 25-18.
South Carolina opened up to an 18-10 lead before a kill by Bahr sparked a 5-0 run that made it a three-point set at 18-15, with the help of a Baumert service ace, a kill by Chloe Buckendahl and a Le’au kill. A South Carolina error cut the lead to one at 19-18 but the Gamecocks scored seven of the final eight points of the set to win it 25-19.
Georgia finished up its road swing on Sunday when it travels to Starkville, Miss., to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The match is set to begin at 2:30.