Nov. 3, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Georgia volleyball team knocked of the Tennessee Lady Vols 3-1 (20-25, 15-25, 25-15, 25-19) in Southeastern Conference volleyball action on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Knoxville, Tenn. The win marked the first time since 2001 that the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee in Knoxville and secured the first season sweep of the Lady Vols since 1997. With the win, Georgia improves to 17-7 overall and 7-5 in the SEC. Tennessee drops to 9-16 on the season and 1-10 in league play.
"Any time you can get a road win, especially at this point in the season, it's a good thing," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We responded to adjustments and challenges that were presented after game two. We started the match a bit sloppy but as we moved later into the match, we started putting some pieces together that gave us some rhythm. We look forward to being back at home next weekend."
Brittany Northcutt and Kaylee Kehoe each earned double-double performances, as Northcutt finished tied for the team lead in kills with 11 and added 12 digs. Kehoe led the team with 29 assists to go along with 10 digs. Tirah Le’au also had 11 kills in the match, while Stacey Smith finished with 10 kills. Jasmine Eatmon and Elena Perri led the Bulldogs defensively, racking up four blocks each. Allison Summers led the team with 16 digs.
Georgia took a 10-7 lead in the first set before the Lady Vols fought back to tie the set at 13. The teams kept the set close, tying four times before Georgia was able to score back-to-back points to take a 21-19 lead. The Bulldogs allowed just one more point and scored the final four of the set to win 25-20.
After dropping the second set 25-15 that tied the match at one set each, Georgia took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-15 win in the third set. The set was close in the opening possessions, with neither team able to take more than a two-point lead until a Northcutt kill put Georgia up 9-6. Georgia was able to maintain control of the set, extending its lead to six points at 19-13 on a Tennessee error that forced the Lady Vols to use a timeout. Georgia allowed just two more points and ended the match on a 3-0 run that included the set-winning kill by Northcutt.
Holding a 2-1 edge in the match, Georgia opened the fourth set on a 7-3 run that gave it the early lead. Tennessee fought back to within two at 13-11, but Georgia answered with a Kehoe kill that sparked a 3-0 run that made it a 16-11 set and caused Tennessee to use its final timeout of the set. The Bulldogs were able to hold on to their lead, never allowing the Lady Vols within four points before a Northcutt kill sealed the 25-19 win that secured the 3-1 win over Tennessee.
Georgia returns to action next weekend, Nov. 8 and 10 when it hosts LSU and South Carolina. The Bulldogs will face LSU on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., before taking on the Gamecocks on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.