Sept. 29, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Georgia dropped a 3-0 (20-25, 17-25, 12-25) decision to the Texas A&M Aggies in Southeastern Conference volleyball action on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Reed Arena in College Station Texas. With the loss, Georgia drops to 11-3 on the year and 1-1 in the SEC. Texas A&M moves to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in league play.
"Texas A&M executed a great game plan and we were a step behind in ours," Head Coach Lizzy Stemke. "Road matches like this one are great learning experiences for us. We need to get back in the gym and get back to our fundamentals so that we can continue to get better. We are looking forward to doing that before we host our first SEC home matches next weekend."
Tirah Le’au and Brittany Northcutt led Georgia with seven kills each, while Lauren Teknipp added six. Maggie Baumert and Kaylee Kehoe split time at setter and finished with 14 assists each. Jasmine Eatmon and Stacey Smith led the Bulldogs defensively, as each player notched three blocks. Allison Summers finished with a team-best nine digs.
The Aggies jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the first set, causing the Bulldogs to use its first timeout. Out of the break, Georgia scored three of the next four points to cut the Aggie lead to three at 11-8. Trailing 13-8, an Aggie service error sparked a 4-0 Bulldog rally that made it a one-point set at 13-12. The teams went back-and-forth over the next few possessions before a block by Smith and Eatmon tied the set at 16. The score knotted three more times before Texas A&M was able to score five-straight points to get to set point at 24-19. Teknipp notched a kill but the Aggies scored the final point to take the first set 25-20.
Georgia took an early 3-1 lead in the second set before the Aggies were able to tie the score at 3-3 on a block. Georgia maintained a slight edge until back-to-back Aggie points allowed Texas A&M to take a 9-8 lead. The teams tied twice, but an Aggie kill ignited a 4-0 run that gave Texas A&M a 15-11 lead. The lead increased to 21-13 when Georgia scored back-to-back points that made it a 21-15 set. Georgia scored two more points on Aggie errors but A&M went on to win the set 25-17.
Texas A&M came out strong in the third set, easing out to a 7-3 lead. A Le’au kill ended the run and cut the lead to 7-4 but the Aggies answered with a kill of their own. Georgia was unable to get into an offensive rhythm to overcome the early deficit, as Texas A&M added to its lead. The Aggies scored the final points of the set to take the 25-12 set three win, as well as seal the 3-0 match win.
Georgia returns home on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., when it welcomes the Tennessee Volunteers to the Ramsey Center for the annual Pink Out game.