Oct. 12, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-19) win over the Auburn Tigers in Southeastern Conference action on Friday night in the Ramsey Student Center. With the win, Georgia moves to 10-7 on the season, including a 4-4 mark in league play. Auburn falls to 13-5 on the year and 4-4 in the SEC.
"I think our girls came out ready to prove a point tonight," head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We battled in a really tough match with Tennessee last week and the girls have been hungry all week. This was a big statement for us to come out with as much energy and as much passion and, really, with the discipline and focus that we came out with tonight. It was really exciting. We've been talking about how five of the next six matches are at home, and I know that they were really excited to play in front of our fans."
Elena Perri led the team with nine kills and hit at a.643 clip, going 9-for-14 without committing an error. Brittany Northcutt and Briana Bahr each finished with seven kills. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense with 19 assists and led the team from the service line, finishing with two aces. Perri also led the team with four blocks, including one solo stop. Jasmine Eatmon and Bahr each finished with three blocks. Allison Summers finished with a match-high 11 digs.
Georgia raced out to an early 4-1 lead in the opening set before Auburn came back to take an 8-5 lead. A Tirah Le'au kill sparked a 4-0 run that allowed Georgia to retake the lead at 11-9. Behind the serve of Kehoe, Georgia scored five straight to extend its lead to 18-11. The Tigers pulled within four at 20-16, but a Bahr kill ended the threat. The Bulldogs scored three-straight points, including a kill by Northcutt, to take a 24-17 lead. A kill by Lauren Teknipp sealed the first set 25-19.
The teams tied eight times before Georgia scored three straight to take a 14-11 advantage that ended with a block by Bahr and Perri. A Bahr kill made it a 15-12 match and forced Auburn to call its first timeout of the set. Auburn went on a 3-0 run that tied the set at 15 before taking a 19-16 lead. Georgia fought back to tie the set at 20 before taking the lead at 21-20 on a Northcutt kill. Auburn tied the set at 21, but Georgia ended the set on a 4-0 run to win set two 25-21 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Behind the serve of Kehoe, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the third set, forcing the Tigers to use an early timeout. During the run, the Bulldogs saw kills from two different players, a block by Bahr and Perri and a service ace. Auburn got on the board following the timeout, but Georgia scored three of the next five points to extend its lead to 9-2 and cause Auburn to call its final timeout of the set. Auburn brought the set within seven at 14-7 before the teams traded points over the next seven possessions. An Eatmon kill ignited a 3-0 run that extended Georgia's lead to 23-13. Auburn fought back late in the set, scoring five-straight before committing an error that sealed match with a 25-19 set three win.
Georgia will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 14 when it takes on the Ole Miss Rebels at 1:30 p.m.