Georgia Sweeps Tournament with Wins Over Louisiana, UNCG

Sept. 14, 2013

ATHENS, Ga.  - The Georgia volleyball team swept through the final day of the Benson's Hospitality Group Invitational in Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., picking up a pair of wins over Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the UNC Greensboro Spartans. Georgia earned a 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-15) win over Louisiana in game one before taking a 3-1 (25-11, 16-25, 25-10, 25-13) win over UNCG in the nightcap. The Bulldogs are now 8-1 on the year, its best start since the 2007 season.

"I'm really proud of the way we played tonight," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We've played six matches in nine days and so we are fatigued and it was catching up with us a little bit. What makes me excited about for this group is that when a player or two gets fatigued, other people will really step up and have their backs. Overall, they've pushed through to finish and to win."

Earning all-tournament honors for the Bulldogs was Brittany Northcutt, who was named the tournament MVP, Allison Summers, who earned Best Libero and Kaylee Kehoe. 

Georgia 3, UNCG 1

Game 2 Highlights

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Tirah Le'au and Stacey Smith finished with 10 kills each as the Bulldogs came away with a 3-1 (25-11, 16-25, 25-10, 25-13) win over the UNCG Spartans (5-4) in the tournament finale. Kehoe led the match with 28 assists, while Maggie Baumert added 15. Le'au also led the team with four blocks, including three solo stops. Summers picked up a match-best 22 digs and recorded a season-best four service aces.

The Bulldogs cruised through the first set, taking it by a score of 25-11. With Kehoe at the service line Georgia eased out to a 6-1 lead. A Smith kill made it a 10-2 game before UNCG scored back-to-back points that brought the score to 10-4. Georgia maintained the lead for the remainder of the set and scored the final five points to take a 1-0 lead in the match. During the final 5-0 run, the Bulldogs were able to take advantage of two Spartan attack errors and a Summers ace that sealed the win.

The scored tied four times at the start of the second set before UNCG was able to score three-straight points to take an 8-5 lead. The Bulldogs tied the set at nine on a Desiree McCray kill, but UNCG went on a 4-0 run that gave it a 13-9. The Spartans kept the lead throughout the remainder of the set and went on tie the match at one set each with a 25-16 set two win.

Georgia eased out to a 7-4 lead in the third set before an Jasmine Eatmon kill sparked a 7-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a convincing 14-4 lead. During the stretch, Lauren Teknipp recorded two kills, while Northcutt picked up a kill and a solo block. A service ace by Eatmon and a bad set by UNCG allowed the Bulldogs to extend their lead to 17-5 and force a Spartan timeout. UNCG scored five more points in the set before Georgia sealed the 25-10 win on a kill by Teknipp.

The Bulldogs dominated the fourth and final set, coming away with a convincing 25-13 win. With Summers at the line, the Bulldogs rattled off 10-straight points to take a 12-2 lead. During the run, Georgia got kills from Eatmon, Smith and Le'au to go along with two aces by Summers. UNCG made it a 14-6 game after stringing together three-consecutive points. The Bulldogs scored six of the final eight points, including a match-winning kill by Eatmon, to take the set and the 3-1 win over the Spartans. 


Georgia 3, Louisiana 0

Game 1 Highlights

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Le'au, Northcutt and Smith led the Bulldogs with six kills each, as the Georgia volleyball team handed Louisiana a 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-15) loss. McCray led the team with six blocks, followed by Teknipp with four. Summers led the match with 17 digs, with Northcutt and Baumert also in double figures with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Kehoe paced the offense with 17 assists. Chloe Buckendahl led Georgia from the service line, finishing with two service aces.

The Georgia offense proved efficient in the first set, hitting at a .316 clip, while its defense held the Ragin' Cajuns to a .045 attack percentage. The set was close through the opening points before the Bulldogs strung together four-straight points, including one off a solo block by Northcutt, which gave them a 13-7 lead. Georgia and Louisiana traded points over the next two possessions before a Northcutt kill sparked a 4-0 run that extended the Bulldog lead to 18-9. The Georgia defense stymied the Ragin' Cajuns, allowed them to score just four more points as the Bulldogs went on to win the set 25-13.

Louisiana jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the second set before service error, a kill by Eatmon, a Summers service ace and a solo block by Le'au allowed Georgia to tie the set at four. The score knotted six times before the Ragin' Cajuns took a two-point lead at 13-11 that caused Georgia to use its first timeout. Following the break, Northcutt went to the service line and helped Georgia to a 5-0 run that gave it a 16-13 lead. Georgia maintained the lead for the remainder of the set and scored five of the final six points to take a 25-20 win over Louisiana in the second set.

The third set was tight through the opening possessions, as neither team was able to take more than a two-point lead. Louisiana took a three-point lead at 9-6 before Georgia put together four-straight points, including two on blocks by Teknipp and McCray, that gave the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead. A kill by Northcutt sparked a 4-0 run that made it a 14-10 game. The Bulldogs dominated the end of the set, scoring the final eight points to take the set 25-15 and the match 3-0. During the run, Buckendahl recorded two service aces, including one that was the match-winner.

Georgia returns to action next weekend, Sept. 20-21 when it travels to Lawrence, Kan., to take part of a tournament hosted by the University of Kansas. The Bulldogs will take on Kansas at 8 p.m., on Sept. 20, before facing North Dakota State and Notre Dame on Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m., respectively.

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