Oct. 18, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Despite three players recording double-digit kill totals, the Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 19-25, 19-25) decision to the No. 18 Missouri Tigers on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. Georgia is now 14-5 on the year and 4-3 in Southeastern Conference action. Missouri remains unbeaten, boasting a 22-0 record that includes a 6-0 mark in the SEC"
"Our game plan was good and we felt confident that we could challenge a very strong Missouri team," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "Unfortunately our ball control was too inconsistent to pull ahead for long enough stretches. Our left side hitters did a tremendous job attacking tonight and our serving was tough, so we have some great things to build on for the weekend.:
Jasmine Eatmon, Tirah Le’au and Brittany Northcutt each finished in double-figures for the Bulldogs. Eatmon and Le’au led the way with 12 kills each, with Eatmon finishing with a .417 attack percentage. Northcutt added 11 kills, while Lauren Teknipp finished with nine kills. Chloe Buckendahl was effective from the service line, earning two aces to lead the team. Kaylee Kehoe recorded her first double-double of the season, finishing with 23 assists and 10 digs. Maggie Baumert also finished with 23 assists to help pace the Georgia hitters to an attack percentage of .307. Elena Perri led the Bulldogs at the net, recording three blocks, followed by Stacey Smith and Eatmon with two each.
The Tigers took an early 5-3 lead in the first set before an Eatmon kill and a Missouri error tied the set at seven. The teams kept the set close over the next several possessions, tying three more times before the Tigers scored four-straight points that allowed them to take a 16-12 lead and force Georgia to use a timeout. Following a Georgia timeout at the 21-15 mark, the Bulldogs put together a 4-0 run that cut the lead to 21-19. Missouri scored four of the final five points to win the first set 25-20.
Georgia and Missouri tied three times at the start of the second set before a Le’au kill sparked a 5-0 run that put the Bulldogs up 8-4. Missouri was able to cut the lead to two at 11-9, but Georgia answered with four-straight points that allowed it to retake control of the match at 15-9. The Bulldogs maintained their lead, going up 20-13 on back-to-back Eatmon kills that caused the Tigers to use their final timeout of the set. A kill by Perri gave the Bulldogs set point before a Smith kill sealed the 25-17 win that tied the match at 1-1.
Missouri came out strong in the third set, taking a 7-3 lead before Georgia fought its way back to within two at 10-8 on a Teknipp kill. Trailing 15-10, the Bulldogs strung together three-straight points that cut the Missouri lead to 15-13. Georgia kept it a two-point set until back-to-back Tiger kills gave Missouri a 19-15 lead and caused Georgia to use a timeout. The teams traded points on the last several possessions, but Missouri held on for a 25-19 set three win that allowed it to take a 2-1 match lead.
The score knotted four times at the start of the fourth set before Missouri went on a 5-0 run that allowed it to take a 7-4 lead. Georgia took advantage of a Tiger error and a Buckendahl service ace to cut the lead to two at 8-6. The teams went back and forth throughout the final set, until a Perri kill ignited a 3-0 run that put the Bulldogs within two at 20-18 and caused Missouri to use a timeout. Following the break, the Tigers scored five of the final six points to take a 25-19 set four win that sealed the 3-1 win for Missouri.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m., when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. The match will be televised on CSS.