Oct. 21, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Georgia volleyball team picked up its third-straight Southeastern Conference win with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 26-24) sweep of the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday, Oct. 21 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The win is also the second win over the Crimson Tide this season. Georgia improves to 12-8 on the year and 6-4 in the SEC, while Alabama drops to 14-9 overall and 3-8 in league play.
"We came in incredibly focused and very fresh," head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We did a really great job of not getting rattled when we were down a couple of points. We continued to stay with the game play and were very patient. Alabama is a tough a place to play and anytime you get a 3-0 win on the road in the SEC, it's a great win. I am most proud of our focus, our patience and attack mentality."
Brittany Northcutt led the team with 12 kills, hitting at a .400 clip. Tirah Le'au went 11-for-18 on the day to hit .444, while Lauren Teknipp was also efficient, going 8-for-11 without committing an error to register a .727 attack percentage. Briana Bahr added seven kills in the match. Once again, the Bulldogs were impressive from the service line, totaling nine aces, including three each by Maggie Baumert and Chloe Buckendahl and two by Jasmine Eatmon. Kaylee Kehoe and Baumert split time at setter, finishing with 28 and 17 assists, respectively. Elena Perri led the team in blocks, finishing with three, while Teknipp finished with two blocks. Allison Summers led the team with 22 digs.
Georgia and Alabama traded points early in the first set, before the Crimson Tide took a two-point lead at 6-4. Georgia fought back to tie the set at 11 on a Tide attack error. Alabama retook the lead at 16-13 on back-to-back kills, forcing the Bulldogs to use a timeout. After a Bahr kill that made it a 16-14 set, Alabama scored three-straight to extend its lead to 19-14. Following a Georgia timeout, the Bulldogs scored four-straight to cut the Alabama lead to one at 19-18 and force it to use its first timeout. After a pair of Alabama points, Eatmon sparked a 3-0 run that allowed Georgia to take the lead at 21-20. The teams tied three times before a block by Kehoe and Perri and a Northcutt kill sealed the first set for Georgia 25-23.
In the second set, Georgia opened up to a 3-1 lead before Alabama scored three-straight to take a 4-3 lead. The teams kept it close over the next few points until the Tide strung together three-straight points to take a three-point lead at 10-7, which caused Georgia to use its first timeout of the set. The Bulldogs came out of the break and scored five-consecutive points to take a 12-10 lead, but the Crimson Tide used a 5-0 run to take a 17-14 lead. Baumert tied the set at 18 with a service ace. After tying four times, the Bulldogs went on to score the final three points to take the second set 25-22.
The Crimson Tide opened up to an 8-2 lead in the third set before the Bulldogs fought back to within three at 10-7. Alabama maintained the lead until a Bahr kill sparked a 3-0 run that brought Georgia within striking distance at 16-14. Buckendahl tied the set at 18 with a service ace. Georgia and Alabama tied at 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, but Georgia was able to seal the set 26-24 and the match 3-0 with a pair of Baumert service aces.
Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 24, when it hosts the Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m., in the Ramsey Center. The match will be televised on ESPNU.