Oct. 13, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Georgia volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) to the No. 2 Florida Gators in Southeastern Conference volleyball action on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 14-4 on the season and 4-2 in SEC play. Florida improves to 17-1 overall and 6-0 in league action.
“We were beaten by a very physical and talented Florida team,” Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. “I thought that we did some really nice things from the service line, but Florida’s ball control was at another level today. They have a lot of weapons and were able to use them all because they put their setter in a great position time and time again. We were a lot more organized and showed a lot more fight in the third set but their physicality overwhelmed us at times. These SEC road weekends do not get any easier for us as we face Missouri and Arkansas next weekend. I know that we are all anxious to get back into the gym on Tuesday to prepare for both of those teams.”
Brittany Northcutt led the Bulldogs offensively with seven kills, followed by Stacey Smith with five. Jasmine Eatmon and Lauren Teknipp each posted four kills in the match. Kaylee Kehoe and Maggie Baumert split time as the setter, finishing with 11 and 10 assists, respectively. Allison Summers picked up the lone Georgia service and led the team with 12 digs. Northcutt also led the team with two blocks, while four other players recorded one block each.
Florida took an early 9-2 and didn’t look back as it went on to win the set 25-15. A service error and a Northcutt kill gave the Bulldogs back-to-back points that cut the lead to 11-5. Trailing 13-6, Georgia scored three of the next five points to bring the score to 15-9. Georgia was able to score on Florida errors and a kill by Smith, but was unable to overcome the early deficit, which allowed the Gators to take a 3-0 set two lead.
Trailing 3-1 in the second set, a service ace by Summers, a Florida error and a kill by Eatmon tied the set at four. Georgia kept it a two-point set until a Florida kill sparked a 3-0 that put the Gators up 9-5. Georgia got a point back on a Florida miscue, but three-straight Florida kills forced the Bulldogs to use a timeout trailing 12-6. Following the break, Georgia got block by Northcutt and Desiree McCray that made it a five-point set at 12-7. Georgia called a timeout trailing 19-11 and got kills by Le’au, Northcutt and Teknipp, but the Gators had an answer for each point and went on to take a 2-0 lead with a 25-15 set two win.
The Gators raced out to an 11-4 lead in the third set before the Bulldogs came back to within four at 14-10 on a Northcutt kill. Florida scored the next three points to extend its lead to 17-10. Trailing 23-14, a Teknipp kill and a block by Smith cut the lead to 23-16. Florida scored the next point but Georgia was able to score two more times before the Gators sealed the 3-0 win with a 25-18 set three win.
Georgia continues its four-match road trip when it travels Columbia, Mo., next Friday, Oct. 18 for an SEC match that is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs will then head to Fayetteville, Ark., to face Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 20. That match will be televised on CSS.