Sept. 21, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Brittany Northcutt led the University of Georgia volleyball team to a 3-2 (25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-12) win over the Alabama Crimson Tide with her third double-double performance of the season on Friday night. With the win, Georgia improves to 8-4 on the season, including a 2-1 mark in Southeastern Conference action. Alabama suffered its third loss of the season to fall to 12-3 and 1-2 in SEC play.
"I'm really proud of our girls tonight," head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We've talked all week about controlling things that can control and that's the service line, our communication and staying aggressive, no matter what the score. There were some really tight moments tonight and we took deep breaths and trusted what we could control. We're going to have tight matches throughout the SEC schedule and we need to expect that every night. This was a great push for us. We were happy to be back at home, and had a seventh man tonight. The crowd was really came out and gave us a great atmosphere to play in."
Northcutt finished with a team-best 15 kills, while adding 17 digs. Briana Bahr and Lauren Teknipp each finished with double-digit kills, finishing with 14 each. Teknipp hit at nearly a .400 clip, going 14-for-25 with three errors. Kaylee Kehoe and Maggie Baumert split time at setter, finishing with 32 and 25 assists, respectively. The Bulldogs continued to have success from the service line, finishing with a season-best nine service aces. Kehoe led the team from the line, tallying four aces.
Georgia out blocked the Tide on the defensive side of the net, finishing with 12 blocks, including a team-best six from Jasmine Eatmon. Elena Perri added five blocks, while Bahr and Teknipp each added four. Chloe Buckendahl earned the team's only solo stop on the night. Allison Summers paced the defense, finishing with a match-high 28 digs.
Georgia fell behind early in set one, before a pair of Teknipp kills put Georgia on top at 10-9. After Alabama tied the set at 10 and behind the serve of Kehoe, the Bulldogs put together an eight-point run that gave Georgia an 18-10 lead. The Tide came within three at 19-16, but Georgia scored six of the final nine points of the set to win 25-18.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-3 lead in set two before the Tide came back to tie the set at 10. A 4-0 run by Alabama gave the Crimson Tide a 15-11 lead before a Kehoe kill ended the run. Alabama maintained its lead throughout the second set and went on to win it 25-18.
In the third set, Georgia grabbed an early lead and never let it go, winning the set 25-16 and taking a 2-1 lead in the match. On the serve of Kehoe, Baumert and Buckendahl, Georgia opened to a 7-3 lead before Alabama made it a one-point set at 7-6. With Eatmon at the service line, the Bulldogs were able to score four-straight points, including two on a pair of kills by Teknipp. Leading 19-13, a kill by Bahr ignited a 4-0 run by the Bulldogs that extended their lead to 23-13. Northcutt sealed the third set 25-16 with a kill.
The Crimson Tide started with the edge in the fourth set, earning an early 5-2 lead. Georgia scored four-consecutive points to take a 6-5, led by a Bama kill tied the set at six. The teams tied four times before Alabama scored three-straight to take a 16-13 lead. Georgia fought to regain the lead, but the Tide went on to win the fourth 25-21 and force a fifth and deciding set.
In the deciding set, the Crimson Tide grabbed a 3-1 lead before a Northcutt kill sparked a 4-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead. Alabama made it a one-point set at 11-10, but a Buckendahl kill put Georgia's lead back at two at 12-10. Georgia scored the final two points, including the match-winner on a Bahr kill, to seal the set 15-12 and take the match 3-2.
Georgia will be back in action Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., when it takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Ramsey Student Center.