TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Georgia volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 3-0 win over Florida A&M in the FSU Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. The win was the second of the day for Georgia, as it defeated Florida International 3-0 earlier in the day. The Bulldogs have won each of their past four matches by scores of 3-0.
“We had two very strong matches today and are happy to get two wins under our belts,” head coach Lizzy Stemke said. “We had some new players step up with very gutsy performances tonight. We’re excited about the wins today and look forward to playing Florida State tomorrow morning.”
For the second time today, Jasmine Eatmon led the team in attack percentage, hitting at a .438 clip and tying for a team-best eight kills. Tirah Le’au also finished with eight kills, registering a .333 attack percentage. Maggie Baumert paced the offense with 19 assists, with Kaylee Kehoe accounting for 14 assists.
Briana Bahr led the Bulldogs on the defensive side, finishing with five total blocks, including one solo, while Elena Perri added four blocks. Allison Summers led the way with 15 digs, followed by Chloe Buckendahl with 11. As a team, Georgia held FAMU to a .141 attack percentage.
Georgia and FAMU kept it close in the first set, tying five times before a kill by Brittany Northcutt gave the Bulldogs a three-point lead at 10-7. FAMU fought back and tied the set five times before kill by Perri sparked a five-point Georgia run that put it on top 20-15. FAMU tied the set at 21, before Georgia answered by scoring the final four points of the set to win it 25-21.
The Bulldogs opened the second set strong, jumping out to a 6-2 lead that forced the Rattlers to call its first timeout. Following the break, the Bulldogs extended its lead to 16-6, including a four-point run that saw kills by Perri and Northcutt. FAMU pulled within two at 22-20, but a pair of FAMU errors gave the Bulldogs a 24-20 lead. Stacey Smith sealed the 25-20 win with a kill.
Georgia rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take an 8-4 lead in set one behind the serve of Summers, which included a pair of aces. Georgia scored four-straight points that forced FAMU to call a timeout at the 13-10 mark. With Eatmon serving, the Bulldogs were able to extend their lead to five at 17-12, before Florida A&M tied the set at 19. Georgia scored six of the final seven points of the match, including two on Eatmon kills, to take the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.
Georgia returns to action tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m., against tournament-host and ninth-ranked Florida State. It will be the Bulldogs first match of the season against a nationally ranked team.