Nov. 9, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Tirah Le'au led all players with 19 kills, but it was not enough as the University of Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (30-28, 17-25, 26-28, 21-25) decision to the LSU Tigers on Friday night in the Ramsey Center. The Bulldogs fall to 13-12 on the season, including a 7-8 mark in the Southeastern Conference. LSU moves to 12-13 on the season and 8-8 in league play.
"We fought really hard but the ball wasn't going our way," head coach Lizzy Stemke. "We made way too many hitting errors to keep ourselves ahead. I think we were doing some nice things with our serves and passing. Those were the things that kept us close, but we had way too many errors to ever get the lead and get the win."
Brittany Northcutt and Lauren Teknipp also recorded double-digit kill performances, with Northcutt finishing with 14 and Teknipp adding 13. Chloe Buckendahl was effective from the service line, finishing with three aces. Kaylee Kehoe set the tone offensively, finishing with 30 assists, with Maggie Baumert adding 25. Jasmine Eatmon led the team defensively, recording five blocks. Elena Perri, Stacey Smith, Le'au and Northcutt each finished with three blocks each. Allison Summers finished with a team best 31 digs, while Northcutt added 13 for her eighth double-double of the season. Kehoe also recorded a double-double, finishing with 10 digs to go along with her 30 assists.
LSU pulled out to an early 9-5 lead in the first set before consecutive service aces by Buckendahl brought the Bulldogs to within two at 9-7. A pair of Tiger kills brought the score to 14-10, forcing Georgia to use its first timeout of the set. Trailing 17-12, a block by Briana Bahr and Eatmon sparked a 7-0 Bulldog run, paced by Baumert at the service line, which gave Georgia an 18-17 lead. The teams tied eight times before an LSU attack error and a Northcutt kill gave Georgia the 30-28 set one win.
The Tigers jumped out to 12-6 lead but the Bulldogs were able to pull to within two at 13-9 with the help of kills by Teknipp and Northcutt. LSU scored four-straight points to extend its lead to 17-10. The Tigers never looked back, taking the set 25-17 and a 2-1 lead in the match.
The teams kept the third set close in the opening possessions, with neither team able to take more than a two-point lead until a LSU kill put the Tigers up 11-8 and caused the Bulldogs to use a timeout. A Smith kill and a LSU error put the Bulldogs within one at 13-12. Georgia tied the score at 16 on a Northcutt block and took the lead at 19-17 on a LSU miscue. The score knotted five more times before the Tigers scored the final two points to take the set 28-26.
Georgia and LSU tied five times before either team reached 10 points in the fourth and final set. A ball handling error by LSU allowed the Bulldogs to take a 12-10 lead. The teams tied at 12 and 13 before the Tigers scored four-straight points to grab a 16-13 lead. Georgia pulled back to within three at 20-23, but LSU scored the final two points to take the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday when it takes on Texas A&M at 2 p.m., in a CSS-televised match.