Sept. 21, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Georgia improved to 10-2 on the year when it earned a pair of wins over the North Dakota State Bison (0-12) and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-4) on Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. Georgia handed North Dakota State a 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-13) shutout loss before beating Notre Dame 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 17-25, 25-23) in the nightcap.
"I am really fired up with the way the team executed today," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "They rebounded from a tough night last night and came out and played two really tough teams with great execution, great focus and great determination. As we finsh out the non-conference schedule, we are really excited to get into SEC play next week."
Georgia went 2-1 in the tournament, falling to host Kansas before taking the next two matches. It is the first 10-2 start to a season since 2007.
Georgia 3, North Dakota State 0
In Georgia’s 3-0 win over the Bison, Lauren Teknipp recorded her second double-digit kill performance in as many matches, finishing with a team-best 12 kills. She committed just two errors to hit at a .417 clip. Brittany Northcutt added eight kills, while Stacey Smith finished with six. Kaylee Kehoe recorded 19 assists to lead the team. Maggie Baumert recorded her first double-double of the season, finishing with 13 assists and 13 digs. Allison Summers led the match with 18 digs. Jasmine Eatmon, Desiree McCray, Elena Perri and Teknipp each finished with three blocks, including two solo stops by Eatmon.
Georgia cruised to a 6-3 lead in the first set. Georgia maintained the lead and recorded three-straight points to increase its lead to 12-5. North Dakota State cut the lead to three at 16-13 before a Smith kill from Kehoe ignited an 8-0 Georgia run. With Baumert at the service line, Georgia was able to reach set point at 24-13. A Le’au kill sealed the 25-14.
The Bison opened the second set by scoring 10 of the first 16 points to take a 10-6 lead. A Buckendahl kill sparked a five-point run that gave Georgia an 11-10 lead. The score tied three teams before the Bulldogs strung together three-points to take a 16-13 lead. A Georgia error made it a two-point set at 19-17, but Georgia scored the next five points that made it a 24-17 set. McCray sealed the 25-20 set two win with a kill.
North Dakota State kept the third set close over the opening points before a Smith kill sparked a 3-0 run that put Georgia up 6-4. After North Dakota State made it a one-point set, Georgia put the set away by scoring the next 12 points that gave them a 17-6 lead. During the run, Teknipp recorded three kills, while Northcutt added two and Buckendahl registered an ace. Megan Spencer scored three points for the Bulldogs, allowing them to take a 21-10 lead. Teknipp gave Georgia match point with a kill from Baumert before Kehoe put the set and the match away with a service ace.
Georgia 3, Notre Dame 1
Three Bulldogs had double-digit kill performances in Georgia’s 3-1 win over Notre Dame.
Smith led the way with 13 kill and hit .550 for the match to lead the Bulldogs offensively. Eatmon followed with 11 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Northcutt and Perri each finished with 10 kills. Kehoe paced the offense with 28 assists. Perri picked up seven blocks that helped Georgia out block the Irish 12-5. For the second match in a row, Summers led all players with 18 digs.
The teams kept the first set close in the opening possessions, as the score tied three times before an Irish service error allowed Georgia to score three-straight points that gave the Bulldogs a 9-5 lead. With the Bulldogs holding an 11-8 lead, the teams traded points over the next five possessions resulting in a 13-11 Bulldog lead. Notre Dame kept itself in the set before kills by Smith and Kehoe and a Perri and Le’au block put Georgia up 21-17. The Bulldogs went on to score four of the final five points, including the set-winner on kill by Eatmon that a sealed the 25-18 win.
The Bulldogs stormed out to a 10-4 lead in the second set, taking advantage of several Irish errors and using kills by Smith, Perri, Eatmon and Teknipp. Georgia scored eight of the following 10 points to extend its lead to 18-6. Notre Dame fought to keep itself in the game, but the Bulldogs dominated the remainder of the set before Teknipp put it away by a score of 25-14 and gave Georgia a 2-0 match lead.
The score knotted twice before the Bulldogs were able to take a 5-3 lead. With the score tied at 10, the Irish put together four-straight points to take a 14-10 lead. Georgia fought back to within one at 15-14 before consecutive Irish points gave Notre Dame a 17-14 lead. Following a service error that made it a 17-15 set, Notre Dame scored eight of the final 10 points to take a 25-17 win in set two and cut Georgia’s overall lead to 2-1.
Notre Dame eased out to a 6-3 lead in the fourth set before the Bulldogs registered back-to-back kills to cut the lead to one at 6-5. The Irish kept a slight edge over the next few possessions until consecutive Georgia points tied the set at 10. With the Irish holding an 11-10 lead, Georgia scored the next four points to take a 14-11 lead. After three-straight Georgia points, Notre Dame was forced to take a timeout with the Bulldogs holding a 19-15 lead. The Irish fought back from a 23-19 deficit to tie the set at 23, forcing Georgia to use its final timeout. Following the break, Georgia scored the next two points to take the fourth set 25-23 and win the match 3-1.
Georgia begins Southeastern Conference play next weekend when it travels to Baton Rouge, La., to face the LSU Tigers at 8 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 27. The Bulldogs continue their five-game road trip the following Sunday, Sept. 29, when they take on Texas A&M in College Station, Texas at 2 p.m.