Nov. 18, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Georgia volleyball team was upended 3-1 (19-25, 25-18, 14-25, 17-25) by the Kentucky Wildcats in the final regular-season road test of the year on Sunday afternoon in Lexington, Ky. Georgia falls to 13-15 on the season, including a 7-11 mark in Southeastern Conference action. Kentucky moves to 18-10 overall and 12-6 in league play.
“We are really struggling to find some consistency in our rhythm,” head coach Lizzy Stemke said. “We again had moments of really nice execution and great fight, but there were too many inconsistencies for us to get the overall result that we are looking for. We have a short week coming up, but we are excited to be back at home and finish up SEC play on a high note.”
Tirah Le’au led the Bulldogs offensively, posting 15 kills and a .364 attack percentage. Lauren Teknipp also racked up double digit kills, finishing with 10. Brittany Northcutt finished with seven kills to go along with two service aces. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offensive attack, finishing with 22 assists. Allison Summers and Northcutt tied for a team-best 12 digs. Jasmine Eatmon led the team in blocks with four, including two solo blocks. Briana Bahr and Elena Perri each tallied three blocks.
Georgia and Kentucky tied eight times before either team was able to take more than a one-point lead in the opening set. A kill and a block by Kentucky put them on top 12-10, but a Le’au kill and Eatmon block tied the set at 12. The Wildcats answered with four consecutive points that put them up 16-12 before a Le’au kill ended the run. Georgia cut the Kentucky lead to three at 17-14 on a Wildcat error, but UK went on to score five of the next six points to extend its lead to 22-15. Kentucky went on to score two of the last three points to take set one 25-19.
Georgia opened the second set on a 5-3 run before the Wildcats came back and tied the set at five. A pair of Kentucky miscues allowed the Bulldogs to retake the lead at 7-5. The Wildcats fought back to within three at 13-10, but Georgia answered by scoring three points of its own that allowed it to extend its lead to 16-10. With Georgia leading 18-12, the two teams traded points before a Le’au kill sealed the 25-18 win for the Bulldogs, bringing the match score to 1-1.
The third set started similarly to the first and second set, with neither team able to take control. With Kentucky leading 8-5, a kill by Le’au and a Wildcat error brought Georgia to within one at 8-7. Kentucky took control of the set with a 6-0 run that put it on top 16-10. The Bulldogs scored four more points, but Kentucky came away with the 25-14 win that put it up 2-1 in the match.
The Wildcats took an early 12-5 lead in the final set before Georgia made it a seven-point set at 18-11 on a Teknipp kill and an Eatmon block. Northcutt registered her second ace of the match for Georgia’s final point before a service error allowed Kentucky to take the set 25-17 and the match 3-1.
Georgia will be back in action for the final home match of the regular season on Wednesday when it hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 5 p.m., at the Ramsey Center. Georgia will then host the Florida Gators on Friday at 7 p.m.