Sept. 20, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18) decision to the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday, Sept. 20 in the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. The loss was just the second for the Bulldogs this season as they move to 8-2 on the year. Kansas improved to 9-3 with the win.
“We got beat by a very physical and strong Kansas team,” Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. “We tried to make to some adjustments throughout the match but we were a little off tonight. I expect this team to play with more balance tomorrow and am excited to get back in the gym for two matches against two talented teams.”
Stacey Smith and Lauren Teknipp led the Bulldogs with 10 kills each, while Jasmine Eatmon registered seven. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense with 16 assists, while Maggie Baumert added 15. Allison Summers led Georgia with 16 digs. Defensively, it was Elena Perri, Brittany Northcutt and Smith who led Georgia, finishing with two blocks each.
Kansas worked its way to an early 8-3 lead in the first set before a kill by Teknipp ended the run. Georgia cut the lead to three at 10-7 on a pair of Teknipp kills. The Jayhawks went on a 7-0 run that made it a 19-9 set before Eatmon ended the run with a kill from Baumert. Georgia strung together three points to make it a 21-15 game, but Kansas scored four of the final six points to take the set 25-17.
Georgia opened the second set strong, taking an early 6-3 lead. The Bulldogs held the lead until four-straight points by Kansas tied the set at 10. The teams tied five more times before a service ace and a kill gave the Jayhawks a 17-15 lead. A kill by Smith tied the set at 17 and sparked a 3-0 run that allowed Georgia to retake the lead at 19-17. After three more ties, Kansas had set point but a service error made it a one-point set at 24-23. A Jayhawk kill sealed the 25-23 set two win and gave Kansas a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set remained close over the opening points, as the teams tied two times before Kansas took an 8-4 lead by scoring four-straight points, forcing the Bulldogs to use an early timeout. After another Jayhawk point, Smith ended the run with a kill from Kehoe that cut the lead to 9-5. Two errors and a Northcutt block put the Bulldogs within two at 10-8. Teknipp registered back-to-back kills that made it an 11-10 set before a Jayhawk tied the set at 11. Kansas went on an 8-0 run before Desiree McCray tallied a kill that ended the run with Kansas holding a 19-12 lead. Georgia fought back to within five at 19-14 with a Smith kill and a Kansas error but the Jayhawks went on to win the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.
The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow, Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m., when they take on North Dakota State (0-11) in the Kansas Invitational. Georgia will also face Notre Dame in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.