Nov. 10, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia volleyball team secured a season-sweep of the South Carolina Gamecocks with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-19) win on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 18-8 on the year and 8-6 in Southeastern Conference action. South Carolina drops to 12-13 overall and 3-9 in league play. The win also marks the first time the Bulldogs have win 18 games in a season since 2004.
"I am really proud of the team for coming out ready to play today," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We really cleaned up our discipline issues and our errors. We started off with some silly errors, but as the match went on we really managed ourselves in a much better fashion and this is a really good way to end the weekend."
Tirah Le'au led the Bulldogs with 10 kills and sported an impressive .769 hitting percentage. Her .769 efficiency matched the highest by a player with 13 attempts in Georgia's rally-scoring era. Brittany Northcutt added nine kills, while Elena Perri and Lauren Teknipp recorded six kills each. As a team, the Bulldogs hit at a .436 clip, while holding the Gamecocks to an attack percentage of .057. Perri led the team with four blocks, followed by Teknipp with two. Allison Summer led the match with nine digs.
The teams kept the opening set close over the first several possessions, until a Gamecock kill sparked a 5-0 run that put South Carolina up 10-6 and caused Georgia to use a timeout. Out of the break, Georgia answered with a 5-0 run of its own that allowed the Bulldogs to take an 11-10 lead. With the score tied at 13, Smith picked up back-to-back kills that helped the Bulldogs score four-straight points that helped them to a 17-13 lead. Following a South Carolina timeout at the 21-16 mark, the Bulldogs used the serve of Jasmine Eatmon to end the set on a 4-0 run that sealed the 25-16 set one win and gave Georgia a 1-0 lead in the match.
Georgia controlled the second set from the beginning and hit at an impressive .609 efficiency. The Bulldogs eased out to an early 7-2 lead in the set before a Gamecock kill ended the run. The Bulldogs were able to hold on to the lead and put together a 4-0 that extended their lead 16-7. After a South Carolina kill, the Bulldogs scored four-straight that made it a 20-8 set. South Carolina scored back-to-back points that made it a 23-11 game, but the Bulldogs scored the final two points to take the set 25-11.
The third and final set was close over the opening points, tying five times before Georgia scored four-straight to force the Gamecocks to use a timeout trailing 10-6. A pair of Le'au kills sparked a 4-0 run that extended Georgia's lead to 20-12, putting the set nearly out of reach. South Carolina looked to make a run, scoring four-straight points to cut the Georgia lead to 21-18, but the Bulldogs settled in and allowed just one more point, taking the third set 25-19 and the match 3-0.
Georgia gets back in action on Friday, Nov. 15 when it travels to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Ole Miss Rebels at 8 p.m. The Bulldogs will then make the short drive to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m.