Nov. 8, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia volleyball team suffered a 3-2 (25-27, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 11-15) loss to the LSU Tigers on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs fall to 17-8 on the year and 7-6 in Southeastern Conference action. LSU improves to 15-7 overall and 5-5 in the SEC.
"LSU was the better team tonight," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "I thought that we had a good game plan and had a lot of fire in the first few sets. LSU made some adjustments that made us have to fight back, which is hard to do several times in a match. Now we have to put this match behind us and get ready to play South Carolina on Sunday."
Four Bulldogs finished with double-digit kills, led by Stacey Smith with 13. Brittany Northcutt added 12 kills to go along with 16 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Jasmine Eatmon and Lauren Teknipp each finished with 10 kills. Northcutt also tallied three service aces on the night to lead the team. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense with 34 assists, while Maggie Baumert added 21. Elena Perri led Georgia defensively, finishing with five blocks, including one solo stop. Allison Summers led the team with 18 digs.
Georgia jumped out a 9-5 lead early in the first set before LSU fought back to tie the set at 11. The Tigers scored back-to-back points to take its first lead of the set at 14-12, causing Georgia to use a timeout. The Bulldogs used kills by Eatmon and Perri to come from behind and tie the set at 17. Trailing 22-20, Georgia scored a pair of points to tie the set at 22. The score knotted three more times before LSU sealed the 27-25 win on a kill.
The Tigers took an early 6-3 lead in the second set before a Smith kill sparked a 5-0 that gave the Bulldogs an 8-6 lead. Georgia was able to hang on to its lead, eventually pulling away 15-10 after three-straight points that forced LSU to burn a timeout. Georgia put together three-straight kills to make it set point at 24-15, but LSU didn't go quietly, scoring five-straight before a service error gave Georgia the 25-20 win that tied the match at two.
LSU opened the third set on a 10-4 run, but Georgia refused to go quietly, cutting the lead to four at 14-10 on a Perri kill. Trailing 20-12, Georgia scored three-straight points to cut the lead to 20-15 and cause LSU to use a timeout. The Bulldogs were able to cut LSU's lead to as few as two at 24-22, but the Tigers sealed the 25-22 win with a kill that gave them a 2-1 match lead.
The teams kept the fourth set close, as neither was able to take more than a two-point lead. Trailing 9-7, a pair of Georgia kills tied the set nine. The set tied seven more times until a Smith kill sparked a 4-0 run that allowed Georgia to take a 22-19 lead and force the Tigers to use its final timeout of the set. The Bulldogs scored three of the final five points, including the set winner on a Chloe Buckendahl kill, to tie the match at 2-2 with a 25-21 set four win.
The Bulldogs fell behind 5-0 early in the fifth set before using kills by Perri, Buckendahl and Smith to storm back and tie the set at five. The teams went point-for-point over the next several possessions until an attack error by Georgia gave the Tigers a 10-8 lead. Georgia pulled to within one at 11-10, but was unable to get closer as LSU went on to win the fifth set 15-11 and the match 3-2.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 10 when it welcomes the South Carolina Gamecocks to the Ramsey Center at 1:30 p.m.