Nov. 17, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the second match in a row, the Georgia volleyball team rallied for a win, this time taking a 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18) decision against Mississippi State on Sunday, Nov. 17 in Starkville, Miss. The win completes a weekend sweep for the Bulldogs and a season sweep of Mississippi State. Georgia picks up its 20th win to improve to 20-8 overall that includes a 10-6 mark in Southeastern Conference play. It marks the first 20-win season for the Bulldogs since 2002. Mississippi State falls to 11-17 overall and 2-12 in the SEC.
The Bulldogs had five players in double figures, with Brittany Northcutt leading the way with 14. Jasmine Eatmon racked up 10 kills and hit at an impressive .692 clip. Stacey Smith ended the match with 10 kills and a .500 attack percentage, while Lauren Teknipp recorded 12 kills. Tirah Le'au finished with 13 kills in the win. Kaylee Kehoe led the team with a season-best 35 assists, while Maggie Baumert finished with 26. Elena Perri and Eatmon led the team with four blocks each, while Northcutt notched her ninth double-double of the season by leading the team with 13 digs.
After dropping the first set 25-18, Georgia rallied back to take the second set 25-18. Georgia eased out to a 9-4 lead in the second set, before MSU made it a three-point game at 10-7. Georgia answered by scoring four of the next five points that forced Mississippi State to call a timeout trailing 14-8. The teams traded points over the next several possessions until Le'au put down back-to-back kills that gave the Bulldogs a 22-14 lead. A service ace by Baumert gave the Bulldogs set point before a MSU error sealed the 25-18 win and tied the match at one set each.
The battled continued into the third set, as neither team was able to take control until an 8-0 run by Georgia allowed it to take an 11-6 lead. During the run, Georgia got three kills from Teknipp. A Mississippi State kill broke the run, but Georgia responded with three more points to extend its lead to 14-7. Mississippi State recorded three-straight points that cut Georgia's lead to three at 18-15 and forced Georgia to use a timeout. At 19-17, Georgia scored back-to-back points that allowed it to retake a four-point lead. The Bulldogs allowed just three more points before a kill by Le'au sealed the 25-20 set three win that put Georgia up 2-1 overall.
The fourth and final set was another close affair until a Teknipp kill ignited a 5-0 run that put Georgia up 11-7 and caused Mississippi State to use a timeout. MSU got the next point out of the break, but the Bulldogs went on to score four of the next five to extend its lead to 15-9. Mississippi State cut the lead to three at 19-16, but Georgia answered with a pair of points to take a 21-16 lead. The Bulldogs went on to score four of the final five points to win the set 25-18 and the set 3-1.
Georgia has a bye on Friday before hosting Texas A&M on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m., at the Ramsey Center. The match will be the first of a three-match homestretch that will conclude the regular season for the Bulldogs.