Dec. 6, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - The Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (21-25, 13-25, 11-25) decision to the American Eagles in the First Round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Georgia ends its season with a 22-10 record, the most wins for a Georgia squad since 1994. It was Georgia's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004.
"It's always disappointing to have your season end," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. "American came out and had a great game plan and executed it well. We did not play our best volleyball tonight, and unfortunately, at this point in the season you can't have an off night. These players should walk with their heads held high, because we have had a lot of success this season and our senior class led the charge in that. We were able to achieve a lot. This senior class is leaving this program in a good shape with a lot of expectations and I couldn't be more proud of that."
Stacey Smith led the Bulldogs with seven kills, followed by Tirah Le'au and Lauren Teknipp with six each. Kaylee Kehoe earned a team-best 19 assists. Teknipp and Elena Perri each had one block each, while Allison Summers recorded a match-high 23 digs.
American jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, but a service error and a Teknipp kill put the Bulldogs within one at 7-6. The Eagles answered with four-straight points to take a 12-7 lead. A Smith kill down the line helped the Bulldogs cut the lead to three at 16-13, but a kill by the Eagles forced Georgia to use a timeout trailing 17-13. Trailing 21-15, the Bulldogs scored four of the next five points to cut the lead to 22-19. The Eagles went on to score three of the final five points to take a 25-21 win in the first set.
The Eagles opened the second set on a 9-1 run to take control of the set. The Bulldogs were unable to find an offensive rhythm in the set, falling 25-13.
A forced error gave Georgia the opening point in the third set, but a 6-0 run allowed the Eagles to claim a 6-1 advantage. Trailing 8-3, a Teknipp kill and setting error by the Eagles made it a three-point set at 8-5. Three-straight Eagle points made it a 12-5 set and forced the Bulldogs to use a timeout. Georgia got the first point out of the break, but American responded with a 5-0 run that caused the Bulldogs to take its second timeout of the set trailing 17-6. The Eagles maintained their momentum, sealing the 3-0 victory with a 25-11 set three win.
American will advance to face the winner of the Duke and College of Charleston match tomorrow at 6 p.m.