Oct. 6, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Brittany Northcutt posted her third double-double of the season and collected her 1,000th career kill as Georgia (13-3, 3-1 SEC) earned a thrilling 3-2 (25-15, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 15-9) win over the Ole Miss Rebels (10-7, 0-4 SEC) in Southeastern Conference volleyball action on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. Northcutt became just the 16th player in school history to amass over 1,000 kills in a career. The win also sealed a weekend SEC sweep, Georgia's first of the year, as the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee in straight sets on Friday.
"This was a really great SEC match," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "I thought we came out really strong and really fresh. Our serve and pass game was really good at the beginning, but I have to give a lot of credit to Ole Miss for making some great adjustments and playing hard. This is a really great environment to play in and they did some things to keep us on our toes, so a lot of credit goes to them. I am constantly excited about the composure that we show at the end of matches. These are big wins for us knowing that we can battle and come from behind to win."
Northcutt finished with a match-high 16 kills to go along with 12 digs to lead the Bulldogs. She committed just four attack errors to hit a .324 clip for the match. Tirah Le'au added 11 kills, while Stacey Smith and Lauren Teknipp posted 10 kills each. Led by Northcutt and Allison Summers with two apiece, Georgia finished with seven service aces. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense with 30 assists, while Maggie Baumert added 20. Smith and Desiree McCray led Georgia defensively with five blocks each as the team out blocked Ole Miss 15-10. Summers tied for a match-high 16 digs to lead Georgia.
Georgia came out strong in the first set, easing out to an early 5-1 lead. The Bulldogs maintained the lead, but the Rebels fought back to within three at 15-12. A service error and a Northcutt kill extended Georgia's lead to 17-12 and forced Ole Miss to use a timeout. Following the timeout, Georgia scored four of the next five points, including one on a block by Perri and Teknipp that made it a 21-13 set. The Bulldogs allowed just two more points before sealing the set 25-15 with a Le'au kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Ole Miss took an 11-6 lead at the start of the second set, causing Georgia to call a timeout. After the break, Georgia scored six-straight points to take a 12-11 lead and force the Rebels to use their first timeout of the set. The teams kept it a one-possession set until back-to-back Georgia kills and a Rebel error gave Georgia a 17-14 lead. Ole Miss fought back and tied the set at 18 and the score tied three more times before Ole Miss scored the final three points that allowed the Rebels to take a 25-22 win in the second set that tied the match at one set each.
The Rebels had the upper hand in the early stages of the third set, taking an 11-7 lead that forced the Bulldogs to use a timeout. Georgia fought back to within one at 16-15 on a kill by Teknipp before tying set at 18 five possessions later on an Ole Miss attack error. A Kehoe service ace gave the Bulldogs its first lead of the set at 19-18. Ole Miss regained the lead at 21-19 before reaching set point on a back-to-back kills. A service error and a kill by Teknipp brought Georgia to within one before a block by Le'au and Jasmine Eatmon tied the set at 24. With Ole Miss holding a 25-24 lead, Georgia went on to score the final three points, including two on Northcutt kills, to take a 27-23 set three win and a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set began as the third set ended, with the teams battling hard for every point. Georgia was able to take a 6-4 lead on an Eatmon service ace, but the Rebels clawed their way back by scoring five-straight points to take the lead at 11-8. With Ole Miss holding a 21-14 lead, a Northcutt kill sparked a 4-0 run that including a pair of blocks that made it a 21-18 set. A kill by Le'au put Georgia to within two at 22-20 before a pair of Ole Miss kills gave the Rebels set point at 24-21. Georgia fought back to within one at 24-23 on three-straight points, but a kill allowed Ole Miss to take a 25-23 set four win that tied the match at two sets each.
The fifth and final set remained close over the opening points, before consecutive Le'au kills gave Georgia a 4-2 lead. Ole Miss came to within one at 8-7, but Georgia scored the next five points on the serve of Northcutt to take a 13-7 lead and control of the set. Ole Miss scored just two more points before a service ace by Summers sealed Georgia's 15-9 set five win and the 3-2 match win.
Georgia begins a four-match road trip next Friday, Oct. 11 when it travels to Columbia, S.C., to take on South Carolina at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then make their way to Gainesville, Fla., to face the No. 3 Florida Gators at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 13.