Nov. 2, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (15-25, 23-25, 14-25) decision to the No. 13 Florida Gators on Friday night in Gainesville, Fla. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 13-10 on the season, including a 7-6 mark in Southeastern Conference play, while Florida moves to 19-3 overall and 13-0 in the SEC.
“Florida played a great match and was steady throughout,” head coach Lizzy Stemke said. “They put a lot of pressure on use with their serves. We found moments to get into a rhythm, but we just didn’t play our best tonight. We have a big match against Auburn on Sunday and we hope to get into the gym tomorrow and really get after it.”
Brittany Northcutt led the Bulldogs offensively with 13 kills in 31 attempts. Briana Bahr and Jasmine Eatmon each finished with six kills, with Eatmon hitting at a .308 clip. Maggie Baumert led the team with 13 assists, while Kaylee Kehoe added 12 assists to go along with a pair of service aces. Elena Perri finished with four blocks to lead the team defensively, with Bahr adding three. Allison Summers led the team with nine digs.
Georgia jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the first set before the Gators pulled within one at 6-5 by scoring three of the next four points. With the Bulldogs leading 7-5, Florida scored eight of the next nine points to take a 13-9 lead. Georgia answered with a pair of kills to cut the lead to 13-10, but Florida ended the rally with a kill. Leading 15-11, the Gators scored four unanswered points to force Georgia to use a timeout. An Eatmon kill cut Florida’s lead to 21-14, but the Gators went on to win the first set 25-15.
The Bulldogs started strong in the second set, taking an early 5-1 lead. The Gators fought back to tie the set at 7-7, before taking a 9-7 lead that caused the Bulldogs to use their first timeout of the set. Following the break, the Bulldogs scored a pair of points on a Northcutt kill and a Florida error to tie the set at nine. The Gators scored four of the next five points to take a 13-10 before a Bahr kill ended the run. Trailing 20-14 and with help of strong serves by Chloe Buckendahl, the Bulldogs fought their way back with five consecutive points to make it a one-point set at 20-19. The teams tied at 22 and 23 before the Gators scored the final two points to seal the set 25-23 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The teams kept it close in the third set, tying three times before the Gators pulled out to a 12-5 lead. A Northcutt kill sparked a 3-0 run by the Bulldogs to cut the lead to 14-8, but the Gators were able to put together a steady attack that allowed them to win the third set 25-14 and the set 3-0.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 4 when it takes on the Auburn Tigers at 2:30 p.m., in Auburn, Ala. Live audio coverage will be available for free through GTV.