ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia volleyball team earned its 22nd win of the season when it defeated the Kennesaw State Owls 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-14) on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs are now 22-9 overall, marking the most wins for a Georgia team since 1994. Kennesaw State ends its season with a 13-17 record.
“Kennesaw State came in with a solid, aggressive game play and challenged us,” Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. “They made our defense work in the first set, but I think our team responded well in games two and three. We figured out what Kennesaw State’s game plan was and figured out how we needed to attack. It’s always a little emotional on Senior Night, but I think after the first set, we kind of leveled off and got back to really nice serving and even distribution to our offense.
Tirah Le’au led the Bulldogs with 13 kills and hit at a .478 efficiency. Brittany Northcutt added 7 kills, while Jasmine Eatmon finished with six. Maggie Baumert paced the offense with 15 assists. Elena Perri led Georgia at the net defensively, racking up six blocks, while Stacey Smith finished with four. Allison Summers led the Bulldogs with nine digs.
The first set remained close through the opening possessions until a Teknipp kill sparked a 6-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 12-7 lead. Georgia extended its lead to 18-13 on a Smith kill that forced Kennesaw State to use its first timeout of the set. Using the serve of Camille Pedraza, Kennesaw State fought back to within one at 20-19. The Bulldogs settled in to allow just one more point to take the set 25-20 and a 1-0 lead in the match.
Neither team was able to take control early in the second set. It remained a two-point set until Northcutt served five-straight points that gave the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead. Georgia had an answer for every Kennesaw State point and the Owls were unable to overcome the early deficit, as Georgia went on to win the second set 25-12.
Using the serve of Summers, Georgia jumped out to a commanding 9-3 lead in the third set and never looked back. The Owls made it a five-point set at 12-7, but a pair of Bulldogs point allowed the Bulldogs to reclaim a seven-point lead. The Owls strung together five-straight points to cut Georgia’s lead to 17-12, but the Bulldogs went on to score seven of the final nine points to take the set 25-14 and the match 3-0.
Georgia awaits its NCAA Tournament fate, as the selection show is set to air Sunday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 p.m., on ESPNU.