Nov. 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 9-15) decision to the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 20-9 overall and 10-7 in Southeastern Conference action. Texas A&M improves to 17-11 overall and 9-8 in the SEC.
"We did a really nice job executing the things that we prepared for," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said." We slowed down the setter, which we knew we would have to do. We served really tough to keep her out of it as well and to help with some of the predictability of their offense. At the end, their defensive effort was just slightly sharper. Statistically, I think it was a back and forth match. It could have gone either way, but they were just a little bit better today."
Chloe Buckendahl had a career day, picking up her first double-double of the season to lead the Bulldogs. She posted a career-best 17 kills and added 20 digs on the day. Brittany Northcutt finished with 17 kills, while Lauren Teknipp and Stacey Smith each finished in double-figures, recording 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Kaylee Kehoe had 28 assists to lead the Bulldogs, while Maggie Baumert finished with 19 assists and 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the year. Northcutt led the Bulldogs defensively at the net, tallying five blocks, including three solo stops. Elena Perri added three blocks in the loss. Allison Summers tied for the team lead in digs with 20.
Georgia took an early 4-1 lead in the first set before A&M fought back to tie the set four times. The Bulldogs took the lead on a Perri kill and maintained it until a trio of kills by Allie Sawatzky and Shelby Sullivan allowed the Aggies to take a 23-21 lead. Texas A&M then scored two of the final three points to take the opening set 25-22.
The teams kept the second set close through the opening possessions, tying eight times before the Bulldogs were able to use the serve of Baumert to score four-straight points that gave them a 13-10 lead. The Aggies answered with a 5-0 run of their own that allowed them to take a one-point lead at 14-13. With the score tied at 15, Georgia rode the serve of Elle McCord for six points, including two on back-to-back aces, that forced Texas A&M to call a timeout with the Bulldogs leading 22-15. The Aggies fought back to within two at 23-21, but a pair of Buckendahl kills sealed the 25-21 set two win for the Bulldogs that tied the match at one set each.
Texas A&M took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-19 win in the third set. Georgia responded by taking the fourth set 25-20 to tie the match at two sets each and force a deciding fifth set. Neither team was able to take control of the fourth set until a Northcutt kill and a block by Smith and Perri gave Georgia an 11-8 lead. Georgia maintained the lead for the remainder of the set before Buckendahl scored three of the final four points to give the Bulldogs the 25-20 win. Georgia was unable to sustain its momentum, falling 15-9 in the final set of the day to fall 3-2 to the Aggies.
Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 27 when it hosts the Auburn Tigers at 5 p.m., in the final SEC match of the season.