Georgia Drops Hard Fought 3-1 Decision to Arkansas
Kaylee Kehoe

Oct. 20, 2013

Final Stats

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Georgia volleyball team dropped a hard fought 3-1 (23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25) decision to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday, Oct. 20, in Southeastern Conference action in Fayetteville, Ark. With the loss, Georgia drops to 14-6 on the year that includes a 4-4 mark in SEC play. The Razorbacks improve to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in the SEC.

"It was a great battle today between two very evenly matched teams," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "Statistically were led in almost every category and competed hard throughout the match. Our pass game was inconsistent in patches, which is tough to recover from on the road. This has been a long road stretch for this team but we have certainly improved every step of the way and we are looking forward to being back home this week."

Brittany Northcutt posted her fourth double-double of the season, registering a team-best 14 kills and 10 digs. Stacey Smith added 10 kills, while Jasmine Eatmon and Tirah Le’au each recorded nine kills. Eatmon continued her strong weekend, hitting at a .471 efficiency against the Razorbacks. Northcutt also added two service aces for the Bulldogs. Kaylee Kehoe led the team with 27 assists, while Maggie Baumert totaled 23. Kehoe also had 10 digs on the afternoon, marking the first time this season that two players recorded double-doubles in a single match. Defensively, Georgia was led by Eatmon with five blocks, followed by Elena Perri with four. Allison Summers led the team with 25 digs.



Georgia and Arkansas opened the first set strong, with neither team able to take more than a two point lead until the Bulldogs used  kills from Smith, Eatmon and Northcutt to take a 7-4 lead. The Bulldogs maintained the edge until three-straight Arkansas kills tied the set at 11. Georgia retook a three-point lead at 17-14 on a Smith kill, but Arkansas fought back to tie the set at 18 after three-straight kills. Trailing 21-19, a Northcutt kill sparked a 4-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 23-21 advantage. The Razorbacks answered by scoring the final four points of the set to win 25-23.

In the second set, the score knotted eight times before either team was able to reach double figures. Arkansas was able to take a two-point lead at 12-10, but Georgia responded by scoring the next five points to take a 15-12 lead. During the run, the Bulldogs got a kill by Le’au and two blocks. With Georgia holding a 17-15 lead, Arkansas posted back-to-back points that tied the set at 17. The score tied two more times before Georgia took a 21-19 lead on a Le’au kill that forced Arkansas to use its first timeout. Georgia got the first point out of the break, causing the Razorbacks to take its second timeout. Arkansas fought back to tie the score at 22 and 23, before scoring the final two points to take a 25-23 set two win and increase its lead in the match to 2-0.

The third set was as close as the first two, as neither team was able to take more than a two-point lead until a 6-0 run gave the Razorbacks a 10-6 advantage. The Bulldogs responded with three kills, including two by Lauren Teknipp, which cut the lead to 10-9. After two Arkansas points, a Northcutt kill sparked a 6-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 15-12 lead. The game of runs continued as the Razorbacks scored four-straight points to retake the lead at 16-15. The Bulldogs answered with three-straight points that gave Georgia an 18-16 lead and forced an Arkansas timeout. The Bulldogs were able to hold on to the lead for the remainder of the set before a block by Northcutt and Perri sealed a 25-22 win that brought the overall score to 2-1.

Arkansas took an early 5-3 lead in the fourth set before Georgia answered with four points of its own to take a 7-5 lead. Georgia put together a 3-0 run that included two blocks that extended its lead to 15-11. The Bulldogs held on to the lead before Arkansas fought back to score four-straight points that allowed it to retake a 20-19 advantage. The scored tied three times before a pair of Arkansas points gave it a 23-22 lead and caused Georgia to use a timeout. Following the break, Eatmon put up a kill that tied the set at 23. Arkansas answered with back-to-back kills that sealed the 25-23 set four win and the 3-1 match win for the Razorbacks.

Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m., when it welcomes the 14th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats to Stegeman Coliseum. The match marks the third time in four matches that the Bulldogs will have faced a ranked team. The match will be televised on ESPNU.

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