Oct. 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia volleyball team shut out the Tennessee Lady Vols 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-23) on Friday, Oct. 4 in front of a crowd of 1,041 in the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. The win was the first time since Nov. 1, 2002 that Georgia defeated the Lady Vols in straight sets. With the win, Georgia improves to 12-3 on the year and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference play. Tennessee falls to 8-8 overall and 0-2 in the SEC. The match was Georgia's annual Dig for a Cure match, as fans donated $1,766 to the Athens Regional Breast Health Center.
"This is the first time we've been back at home in a really long time," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "Tennessee came out and did a nice job exposing a couple things but we were able to start working through some of that. I thought game two was pretty solid but we'll need to sharpen up for the match against Ole Miss on Sunday. The thing that I am most excited about is that we were able to come from behind and maintain composure and get the win."
Brittany Northcutt led the team with 11 kills, followed by Stacey Smith and Jasmine Eatmon with nine kills each. Lauren Teknipp added eight kills, while Tirah Le'au finished with six. As a team, the Bulldogs recorded seven service aces, including two each by Le'au, Northcutt and Kaylee Kehoe. Kehoe led the team with 22 assists. Defensively, Le'au led the Bulldogs with three blocks, including two solo stops. Eatmon tallied two blocks. Allison Summers paced Georgia's defense with 10 kills.
Tennessee took an early 9-5 lead in the first set, causing Georgia to use an early timeout. Georgia matched Tennessee point-for-point until a kill by Eatmon sparked a 3-0 run that tied the set at 15. The score tied twice before Eatmon found the court for a kill that gave the Bulldogs a 17-16 lead and forced a Tennessee timeout. The Bulldogs kept the lead for the remainder of the set and scored the final three points, including the set winner on a solo block by Le'au, to take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-21 set one win.
The teams kept the second set close in the opening possessions, tying three times before the Bulldogs scored three straight points, including one on a service ace by Le'au that gave Georgia an 8-5 lead. Back-to-back kills by Teknipp put Georgia up by four at 10-6. Two more kills made it a 12-7 set and caused the Lady Vols to use their first timeout of the set. The Bulldogs took the first two points out of the break that extended their lead to 14-7. Tennessee cut the lead to three at 19-16, but using the service of Kehoe, the Bulldogs scored the final five points, including the final three on Smith kills, to take a 25-16 set two win.
Georgia and Tennessee kept the third set close, tying 12 times before consecutive Georgia points gave the Bulldogs a 14-12 lead. Following a Tennessee timeout, the score knotted twice, but a Northcutt kill ignited a 4-0 Georgia run that resulted in a 20-16 Bulldog lead. The Lady Vols scored five-straight points to take a 22-21 lead, but Georgia fought back and registered consecutive kills that gave it a 23-22 advantage. After a Tennessee kill, the Bulldogs sealed the match with back-to-back points that gave them a 25-23 set three win.
Georgia gets back in action on Sunday, Oct. 6 when it faces the Ole Miss Rebels at 1:30 p.m.