Brittany Northcutt posted her third double-double of the season and collected her 1,000th career kill as Georgia (13-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) earned a 3-2 (25-15, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 15-9) win over Ole Miss (10-7, 0-4) on Sunday in Athens. Northcutt became the 16th player in school history to amass more than 1,000 kills in a career. The win also sealed a weekend SEC sweep, Georgia’s first of the year, as the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee in straight sets on Friday.
“This was a really great SEC match,” Georgia coach Lizzy Stemke said in a release. “I thought we came out really strong and really fresh. Our serve and pass game was really good at the beginning, but I have to give a lot of credit to Ole Miss for making some great adjustments and playing hard. This is a really great environment to play in and they did some things to keep us on our toes, so a lot of credit goes to them. I am constantly excited about the composure that we show at the end of matches. These are big wins for us knowing that we can battle and come from behind to win.”
Northcutt finished with a match-high 16 kills to go along with 12 digs to lead the Bulldogs. She committed just four attack errors to hit a .324 clip for the match. Tirah Le’au added 11 kills, while Stacey Smith and Lauren Teknipp posted 10 kills each. Led by Northcutt and Allison Summers with two apiece, Georgia finished with seven service aces. Kaylee Kehoe paced the offense with 30 assists, while Maggie Baumert added 20. Smith and Desiree McCray led Georgia defensively with five blocks each as the team out blocked Ole Miss 15-10. Summers tied for a match-high 16 digs to lead Georgia.
Georgia begins a four-match road trip on Friday when it travels to Columbia, S.C., to take on South Carolina at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then head to Gainesville, Fla., to face No. 3 Florida at 2 p.m. on Sunday.