Sept. 23, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (16-25, 23-25, 18-25) decision to the Arkansas Razorbacks in Southeastern Conference action on Sunday afternoon at the Ramsey Student Center. With the loss, Georgia falls to 8-5 on the season and 2-2 in the SEC. Arkansas moves to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
"We faced a really tough, veteran team in Arkansas today," head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We knew that they were going to be a very well-balanced team offensively, and unfortunately we didn't play to the best of our ability. Against a solid, consistent, veteran team, we really need to be firing on all cylinders and we were just a little slow to start. They were able to take some momentum from us and we were trying to play catch up throughout the match."
Briana Bahr led the team with seven kills, while Brittany Northcutt and Lauren Teknipp each added five. Kaylee Kehoe finished with 14 assists and led the team from the service line with two aces. Georgia tallied six total blocks as a team, including a team-best two assisted and one solo block by Jasmine Eatmon. Allison Summer led the team with 12 digs.
After falling 25-16 in the first set, Georgia battled back to take an early 4-2 lead in the second set. Georgia maintained the edge until an Arkansas kill tied the score at 10. The teams tied two more times before Arkansas scored two-straight points that allowed it a 14-12 lead. Holding a 21-17 lead, Arkansas scored four-straight to make it a 24-17 game. A kill by Maggie Baumert sparked a 6-0 Georgia run that included a pair of Kehoe aces that brought the Bulldogs within one at 24-23. Arkansas ended the set with a kill that sealed the 25-23 win.
Georgia edged out to a 4-2 lead in the third set before pair of miscues allowed the Razorbacks to tie the set at four. The teams tied two more times before the teams traded points on the next 14 possessions that resulted in the Razorbacks grabbing a 16-14 lead. Georgia made it a 19-16 game on a Bahr kill, but Arkansas scored four-consecutive points that allowed it a 23-16 lead. Arkansas scored two of the final three points to take set three 25-18 and the match 3-0.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday, September 30 when it travels to Missouri to take on the Tigers at 2:30 p.m. ET.