Nov. 16, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Georgia volleyball team fell 3-1 (18-25, 25-19, 16-25, 16-25) to the Arkansas Razorbacks in Southeastern Conference action on Friday night. The Bulldogs fall to 13-14 on the season that includes a 7-10 mark in the SEC. Arkansas improves to 20-8 overall and 11-6 in league play.
Tirah Le’au led the team offensively, tallying a team-best 14 kills to hit at a .522 clip. Lauren Teknipp finished with 11 kills and a .310 attack percentage, while Jasmine Eatmon totaled nine kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .350. Maggie Baumert and Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense, finishing with 23 and 21 assists, respectively. Chloe Buckendahl and Allison Summers each recorded a service ace. As a team, Georgia finished with four total blocks, with Elena Perri and Le’au each recorded one solo block each. Summers led the team with 18 digs.
"Arkansas played a really tough, consistent match tonight," head coach Lizzy Stemke said. "We went on a nice run in game two, but unfortunately could not find our rhythm in games three or four to be able to fight back. We have a tough match on Sunday and we have to immediately turn our attention to Kentucky."
The two teams tied four times in the opening eight possessions of set one, until the Bulldogs opened up to a 6-4 lead on kills by Brittany Northcutt and Eatmon. The scored knotted five more times before the Razorbacks scored three unanswered point to take a 14-11 lead and force a Georgia timeout. A kill by Teknipp brought the Bulldogs to within two at 18-16, but they could not come any closer as the Razorbacks went on to win set one 25-18.
The Bulldogs captured the second set 25-19 to even the match at one set a piece. Arkansas took an early 5-2 lead, but Georgia was able to fight back, scoring four unanswered points to tie the set at eight. The Razorbacks scored three-straight points before an attack error sparked a 7-0 run that included a Buckendahl service and an Eatmon kill that gave Georgia a 16-12 lead. Arkansas scored four straight points to come within three at 20-17, but a Teknipp kill ended the run and allowed the Bulldogs to retake a four-point lead at 21-17. A kill by Le’au made it set point for the Bulldogs before a Kehoe kill sealed the 25-19 set two win.
Arkansas took the early momentum in the third set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead, before kills by Teknipp and Briana Bahr made it a two-point set at 5-3. Trailing 10-6, Georgia scored a pair of points to bring the set to within two at 10-8. Arkansas then scored eight of the next 10 points that allowed it to take an 18-10 lead. The Bulldogs looked to get back into the set, with Le’au posting back-to-back kills to make it a 22-15 set, but Arkansas went on to win the set 25-16 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The teams kept it close in the opening possessions of the fourth set, tying five times before Arkansas managed to take an 8-6 lead. A block by Eatmon and Teknipp allowed the Bulldogs to come back to within one at 10-9, but Arkansas posted back-to-back kills to retake a three-point lead at 12-9 and force Georgia to use a timeout. The Bulldogs made it a two-point set at 16-14 on a kill by Bahr, but Arkansas answered with four-straight points that caused Georgia to call its second timeout with Arkansas leading 21-14. Teknipp ended the Razorback run with a kill following the timeout. The Razorbacks scored four of the final five points to seal the set 25-16 and take the match 3-1.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it takes on the Kentucky Wildcats. The match will begin at 1:30 p.m.