Kentucky Defeats Georgia, 3-1
Sept. 18, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite a match-best 17 kills from redshirt sophomore outside hitter Kathleen Luft, the Georgia volleyball team fell, 3-1, to Kentucky on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky improved to the 11-2 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference action with the win while Georgia fell to 4-8 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Wildcats won the opening set, 25-21, but the Bulldogs answered by taking the second set by the same score to even the match. UK then won the third and fourth sets, 25-18 and 25-15.
"We continued to find a rhythm and we continued to work towards competing for longer stretches," Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "Kentucky did a nice job of staying patient and consistent. We let them get on too many runs late in the match to be able to keep up."
In a tough fought match, UGA and UK played nearly even in most aspects of the contest. Kentucky held a slight lead in kills, 54-51, while Georgia was just ahead in digs, 46-45, and both teams finished with 12.0 team blocks. The Wildcats gained an edge in the match on aces at eight to one.
Lauren O'Conner and Ann Armes paced UK in kills with 14 and 11, respectively. Luft's match-best 17 kills were support with 10 kills from junior right side hitter Briana Bahr. Defensively, Stephanie Klefot had the match high at 17 while Georgia's Brittany Northcutt and Allison Summers had 11 apiece.
Senior middle blocker Ann Dylla became just the seventh player in school history to reach and surpass 400 career blocks with five stops in the contest raising her career total to 404. Her effort for UGA was supported by six stops from fellow senior Elizabeth Reid. Kentucky's Armes led the match with seven.
Sunday's match concluded a season-long road swing for the Bulldogs at five matches. Georgia now returns to Athens and the Ramsey Student Center for its longest home stand of the season, also a five-match stretch, which starts against Ole Miss on Friday, Sept. 23, and Alabama on Sunday, Sept. 24.
"I know everyone is going to be excited to be back at Ramsey and in our home arena," Stemke said. "We've got too big matches coming up and every match in the SEC a big match for us. I think it will be good to get into a rhythm back at home."