Oct. 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia volleyball team earned its fourth-straight Southeastern Conference win with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-13) sweep of the Missouri Tigers on Wednesday evening in an ESPNU televised audience. With the win, Georgia improves to 13-8 on the year and 7-4 in the SEC, while Missouri falls to 15-7 overall and 7-5 in league play.
"That was a really fun match," head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "I told the girls after the match that we've been talking a lot about the fact that not everyone is going to have their best game every night, but when we do, it's going to be scary with what we can do as a group. I think this was a real team effort. We spread the ball around really well and we'll continue to build on this group that is growing together."
Jasmine Eatmon led the Bulldogs offensively, going 11-for-16 without committing an error for an attack percentage of .688, the second highest by a Bulldog this season. Brittany Northcutt and Lauren Teknipp also finished with 11 kills, with Teknipp hitting .500. Kaylee Kehoe finished with a team-best 23 assists. Georgia also finished with six service aces, including three by Summers. As a team, the Bulldogs finished with an attack percentage of .311 after finishing set one with an attack percentage of .359 and registering a .368 clip in the third set.
"I think a big part of our game tonight was how we performed at the service line," Stemke continued. "With a team like Missouri, which is very creative with its offense, we needed to be really strong at the service line and try to slow them down or take out a couple of their options. Our girls just did a fantastic job of that. They went back to the service line and went after the zones called. We had a great serving night and that was a huge piece in our ability to play defense."
Eatmon also tied for the team lead in blocks with three, including one solo block. Briana Bahr also finished with three blocks. Allison Summers led the way with a match-high 23 digs. The Georgia defense held Missouri to a .160 hitting percentage and allowed just 32 kills in the match, including just seven in the third set.
Georgia used a 7-0 run early in the first set to jump out to a 10-4 lead behind the serve of Summers. The Tigers fought back to within two at 15-13, but a pair of Bulldog kills put Georgia up 17-13. A Missouri kill made it a 22-18 set, but Georgia scored the final three points of the set to take it 25-18.
Missouri jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the second before Summers came through with a series of strong serves that allowed the Bulldogs to score seven-straight points that put them on top 9-5. The Tigers clawed back to tie the set at nine and again at 11 before a trio of points by the Bulldogs allowed them to take a 14-11 lead. The Tigers retook a two-point lead at 23-21 before a Teknipp kill sparked a set-ending 4-0 run that sealed the second set for the Bulldogs 25-23.
The Bulldogs carried the momentum into the third set, edging out to a 10-6 lead that force Mizzou to call a timeout. Following the break, the Bulldogs scored four of the next five points to extend its lead to 14-7. The Bulldogs continued to attack the net, finishing on a 6-0 run that began with an Eatmon kill and was finished off with a kill by Teknipp and sealed the set 25-13 and the match 3-0.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts the Kentucky Wildcats in the Ramsey Center on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m.