Nov. 4, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. – The University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 15-25, 16-25) decision to the Auburn Tigers on Sunday afternoon in Auburn, Ala. With the loss, Georgia falls to 13-11 on the season and 7-7 in Southeastern Conference play. Auburn moves to 17-8 overall and 8-7 in the SEC.
“We did not play our best volleyball this weekend and two very tough, physical and scrappy teams took advantage of that,” head coach Lizzy Stemke said. “We have a new challenge ahead of us, in terms of getting back into the gym and refocusing for another very important weekend next weekend at home. We are committed to getting back into the gym right away.”
Brittany Northcutt registered a double-double, finishing with 12 kills and 13 digs. Briana Bahr added nine kills in the effort, while Jasmine Eatmon, Tirah Le’au and Lauren Teknipp each finished with five kills each. Kaylee Kehoe led the way with 22 assists. As a team, Georgia registered six aces, including two each by Chloe Buckendahl, Kehoe and Allison Summmers. The Bulldog defense was led by Eatmon and Northcutt, who each finished with five blocks, including three solo stops by Northcutt. Summers finished with 27 digs.
Auburn jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first set, before an Eatmon kill sparked an 8-0 run that ended with a Buckendahl ace and allowed the Bulldogs to take an 11-10 lead. The teams traded points over the next several possessions, resulting in a 15-14 Auburn lead. Kills by Northcutt and Perri tied the set at 21. Trailing 24-22, Georgia used a timeout before a Northcutt kill made it a one-point set at 24-23. Auburn sealed the set, 25-23, on a block.
Georgia opened the second set on a 9-3 run and never looked back. During the run, the Bulldogs scored four-straight points on kills by Bahr and Eatmon and a pair of Summers service aces. Auburn fought back to within two at 12-10, but a Northcutt kill and an Auburn attack error allowed the Bulldogs to retake a four-point lead at 14-10. Teknipp registered a kill that ignited a 6-0 run that put the Bulldogs up 23-14. Georgia used a Northcutt kill and a Tiger error to seal the second set 25-15 and tie the match at 1-1.
The Bulldogs were unable to get into an offensive rhythm over the next two sets, allowing the Tigers to take the set 3-1. Georgia kept in close in the early part of the third set, before the Tigers went on a 5-0 run that allowed them to take an 11-5 lead. The Bulldogs came within two at 13-9 with a Bahr kill, but Auburn answered by scoring three of the next five points to extend its lead to 16-10. The Tigers then scored the final four points to win the set 25-15.
In the fourth set, the teams went point-for-point with each other, tying 10 times before Auburn was able to take a 18-12 lead by scoring six consecutive points. Georgia came within six at 20-14, but the Tigers answered by scoring five of the final seven points to win the set 25-16 and the match 3-1.
Georgia will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., when it returns to the Ramsey Center to host the LSU Tigers.