Nov. 15, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – The Georgia volleyball team fought back from a 0-2 deficit to take a 3-2 (21-25, 10-25, 25-11, 25-17, 15-6) win over the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday, Nov. 15 in Oxford, Miss. With the win, Georgia grabs a season sweep of the Rebels, marking the third sweep of a conference opponent this year for the Bulldogs. Georgia is now 19-8 on the year and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference action. Ole Miss drops to 13-14 overall and 3-11 in SEC play.
"This was a great comeback tonight," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "I am extremely excited about the level that we finished at tonight. We were a little slow with everything at the beginning and Ole Miss came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. We flipped a switch going into game three and played with great emotion and determination for the rest of the match. This was a great team road win."
Brittany Northcutt picked up her eighth double-double of the season, recording a team-best 17 kills and adding 15 digs. Lauren Teknipp and Tirah Le’au finished with double-digit kills, recording 13 and 10, respectively. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense with 25 assists, with Maggie Baumert finishing with 23. Elena Perri led the Bulldogs defensively at the net, finishing with a team-best eight blocks. Stacey Smith was second on the team with four blocks, followed by Jasmine Eatmon with three. Allison Summers led the team with 18 digs.
After dropping the first two sets 25-21 and 25-10, the Bulldogs found their offensive rhythm and made it a 2-1 match with a 25-11 win in the third set. Using the serve of Chloe Buckendahl, the Bulldogs raced out to an early 5-1 lead, grabbing two points off of Buckendahl aces. The Bulldogs strung together three-straight points to extend its lead to 10-3. Georgia maintained the lead and after a kill by Teknipp, Ole Miss used a timeout trailing 18-9. Following the break, Ole Miss got a kill from Aubrey Edie, but the Bulldogs answered with six straight points, including three on Northcutt kills to reach set point at 24-10. Teknipp sealed the 25-11 win with a kill.
Georgia’s momentum continued into the fourth set at the Bulldogs took an early 12-5 lead that forced Ole Miss to use a timeout. During the stretch, Georgia got four kills from Northcutt, along with kills from Le’au, Smith and Teknipp. Ole Miss made it a six-point set at 12-6, but Georgia got the point back on a service error by Ole Miss. Holding a 14-9 advantage, the Bulldogs put together three-straight points to give them a 17-9 lead. Trailing 20-12, Ole Miss rattled off three points that cut Georgia’s lead to 20-15 and caused the Bulldogs to use a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Bulldogs scored five of the final seven points to seal the 25-17 win and tie the match at two.
Georgia and Ole Miss traded points over the opening possessions of the fifth set, before a Northcutt kill sparked a 5-0 run that forced Ole Miss to burn a timeout. The run continued after the break, as two errors and a block by Perri and Le’au put the Bulldogs up 12-4. Georgia allowed just two more points before a Le’au kill and a Ole Miss error sealed the 15-6 set five win and the 3-2 come-from-behind match win.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 17 when it travels to Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State at 2:30 p.m. Georgia is looking for a sweep of the Bulldogs, as it took a 3-2 win over Mississippi State earlier this year.