Oct. 25, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (13-25, 25-18, 25-27, 17-25) loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 15-7 on the season that includes a 5-5 record in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama improve to 17-5 overall and 5-3 in league play.
"Alabama played a really well-fought match and is really good offensively," said Head Coach Lizzy Stemke. "They've got some real firepower at the net. It's a tough stretch for us right now, and I don't think we managed our game as well as we have been. I think that we lost control of limiting our errors a little bit tonigh. We had too many spurts and runs where we compounded errors and that's just a hard thing to do and be able to come back from against their team."
Tirah Le'au and Brittany Northcutt led the Bulldogs offensively, registering 11 kills each. Stacey Smith hit at a .353 efficiency and finished with 10 kills. Lauren Teknipp added nine kills for Georgia. Kaylee Kehoe helped pace the offense, racking up 24 assists, while Maggie Baumert finished with 20 assists. Teknipp led the team six blocks, while Jasmine Eatmon continued to show her prowess at the net defensively, finishing with five blocks. Allison Summers recorded a match-high 18 digs.
After dropping the first set 25-13, the Bulldogs tied the match at one with a 25-18 win in the second set. Georgia opened up to a 10-5 lead before an Alabama kill ended the Bulldogs' 3-0 run. With the Bulldogs holding a 17-11 lead, the Crimson Tide rode the serve of Sierra Wilson for four-straight points that allowed it to pull to within two at 17-15. An Eatmon kill ended the run and sparked a 4-0 Georgia run that gave the Bulldogs a 20-15 lead. The Bulldogs scored five of the final eight points, including the set winner on a kill by Smith, to take the set.
The third set was close through the opening points, but a 3-0 Alabama run put the Crimson Tide up 11-9 and forced Georgia to use its first timeout. With Alabama leading 22-19, a Le'au kill ignited the Georgia offense, as it scored four-straight points to take a 23-22 lead. The score knotted at 23, 24 and 25, but Alabama scored the final two points to get the 27-25 set three win and take a 2-1 match lead.
Alabama came out strong in the third set, taking a 12-9 lead that caused the Bulldogs to call a timeout. Georgia looked to answer, but was unable to sustain momentum as the Crimson Tide extended its lead to 21-16. Alabama scored four of the final five points to win 25-17 and take the match 3-1.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 27 when it hosts Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m., in the Ramsey Center.