Oct. 14, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia volleyball team completed a weekend, Southeastern Conference sweep with a 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-9, 15-10) win over the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday afternoon at the Ramsey Student Center. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 11-7 on the season, including a 5-4 mark in the SEC. The Rebels drop to 8-9 overall 2-6 in league play.
Five Bulldogs were in double figure kills, with Briana Bahr leading the way with 14 kills. Jasmine Eatmon finished with 11 kills on 11-for-24 hitting. Elena Perri, Tirah Le'au and Brittany Northcutt each added 10 kills in the win. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense with a season-best 37 assists. Defensively, Bahr led the way with six blocks, including one solo stop. Eatmon added five blocks, while Perri finished with three. Northcutt added 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season, while Allison Summers led the match with a career-high 33 digs.
"I thought our team today came out a little bit slow, but as we got more into the match, we started executing our game plan," head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "Serving became a huge factor for us to gain momentum, and anytime you win a fifth set in the SEC, it's a hard fight. We did a really nice job today, and that's a big win for us at this point in the season to fight back like that. We're really excited as a team. We'll celebrate for a second but then start getting ready for our mid-week matchup against Georgia Tech."
After dropping the first set 25-20, the Bulldogs raced out to an 8-3 lead in the second set. Ole Miss scored five straight to tie the set at 11. The teams tied at 12 and 13 before the Rebels scored consecutive points to take a 15-13 lead and force Georgia to use a timeout. Following the break, a pair of Bahr kills sparked a 4-0 run that put Georgia on top 17-15. Ole Miss tied the set at 17 with a kill by Ty Laporte, but the Bulldogs answered with three-straight points to retake the lead at 20-17. Ole Miss fought back with three unanswered points to tie the set at 22. A Northcutt kill sparked a 3-0 run that ended the set with Georgia on top 25-22.
The teams kept it close in the third set, but Rebels ultimately came away with the 25-23 win. Trailing the match 2-1, the Bulldogs came out firing in the fourth setting, racing out to a 14-3 lead behind the serve of Summers. During the run, Le'au and Eatmon each tallied two kills and Summers picked up a service ace. Leading 15-6, a Le'au kill ignited a 4-0 run that extended Georgia's lead to 19-6. Georgia ended the set on a 5-0 run that included kills by Stacey Smith, Kehoe and Northcutt and a block by Perri and Bahr.
The Bulldogs carried the momentum into the fifth and final set, hitting at a .375 clip in the final set. Georgia used strong serves by Kehoe and Summers to jump out to a 9-4 lead. Ole Miss cut the lead to four at 10-6, but a Smith kill ended the Rebel rally. A Northcutt kill made it a 13-8 set and forced the Rebels to use their final timeout of the set. Bahr scored two of the final four points to seal the set 15-10 and give Georgia its third win in four matches.
Georgia gets back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 16 when it steps out of conference to take on in-state rival Georgia Tech at 7 p.m., in Stegeman Coliseum. Fans are encouraged to get to the match early, as the first 1,000 people through the door will receive free "Wreck Tech" shirts. UGA students will also receive free pizza and will be entered into a drawing for a free Kindle Fire. Admission is free.