Nov. 11, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia volleyball team took the Texas A&M Aggies to five sets, but fell 3-2 (25-15, 25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 10-15) in Southeastern Conference action on Sunday afternoon at the Ramsey Center. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 13-13 on the season and 7-9 in SEC play, while Texas A&M moves to 21-5 on the year and 13-4 in the SEC.
Brittany Northcutt and Kaylee Kehoe each had double-double performances, with Northcutt tallying 11 kills and 19 digs, and Kehoe finishing tied for the team lead with Maggie Baumert in assists with 26 to go along with 10 digs. Briana Bahr led the team offensively with 13 kills, while Tirah Le'au and Lauren Teknipp added 10 kills each. Jasmine Eatmon hit at a .545 clip, going 7-for-11 with one error. Teknipp led the team defensively with five blocks, including one solo block. Eatmon added four blocks and Elena Perri finished with three blocks. Allison Summers led the team with 21 digs.
"Our girls have responded time and time again, and we came out really strong after a not-so-great performance on Friday night," said head coach Lizzy Stemke. "We started off really strong, but we just struggled maintaining our discipline and our errors. We kind of let that go after the second game. I think Texas A&M is one of the best teams in the conference, if not in the country. They played steady and consistent, and they really got better throughout the match. They're a veteran team, and they showed that tonight."
Behind the serve of Kehoe, the Bulldogs raced out to 4-1 lead in set one that saw a pair of kills by Perri and a kill by Bahr. Texas A&M pulled within two at 5-2, but Georgia answered with three consecutive points to make it an 8-3 lead. With Baumert serving, the Bulldogs scored three unanswered points to extend its lead to 12-5. The teams traded points over the next few possessions until a kill by Bahr and Le'au made it a 19-10 game. The Bulldogs forced an Aggie timeout leading 21-11 and scored three of the next four points coming out of the break to make it a set point at 24-12. A&M scored a trio of points, but a Teknipp kill sealed the set 25-15.
Georgia opened up to a 4-1 lead before the Aggies came back and tied the set at five. The teams tied at 6 and 7 before the Bulldogs scored three-straight points to take a 12-7 lead and force A&M to use a timeout. Georgia worked its way to a 20-17 lead, before the Aggies went on a 4-0 run to take a 21-20 lead. Georgia tied it at 21 with an Aggie attack error and scored the next two point on a block by Bahr and Perri and another Aggie error to make it a 23-21 game and force A&M to use its last timeout of the set. The teams tied at 23, but Northcutt and Le'au registered back-to-back kills to win the set 25-23 and take a 2-0 lead the match.
The Aggies took an early 8-4 lead in the third set, but a Bulldog block, an Aggie error and a kill by Perri brought Georgia to within one at 8-7. With the Aggies leading 14-10, Georgia began to chip away at their lead with the help of a block from Le'au and Perri, a service error, a Bahr kill and a Teknipp and Eatmon that made it a 15-13 game. After coming within two at 18-16, A&M was able to pull away, scoring the final three points to win the third set 20-25.
Texas A&M began the fourth set on a 7-3 run before the Bulldogs pulled to within three at 9-6. With the Aggies holding a 10-6 lead, the teams traded points over the next eight possessions, before Texas A&M scored five-straight points to take a 19-10 lead. Trailing 23-15, a Teknipp kill sparked a 3-0 run for the Bulldogs that made it a 23-18 set and forced the Aggies to use a timeout. Texas A&M went on to score the final two points of the set two win it 25-18 and tie the match at two,
Georgia put up a fight in the fifth set, answering the Aggies point-for-point over the opening eight possessions, resulting in a 4-4 tie. The Aggies scored three-straight to take a 7-4 lead and caused Georgia to use a timeout. Georgia pulled within one at 7-6 on a Northcutt kill and a block by Bahr and Perri, before Texas A&M scored five of the next seven points to take a 13-7 lead. The Bulldogs fought back, to make it a 13-9 set, but the Aggies were able to score the final two points to win the fifth set 15-10 and take the match 3-2.
Georgia returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16 when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorback at 8 p.m., before facing the Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m.