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.
The win was the second of the day for Georgia, as it defeated Florida International 3-0 earlier Friday 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,” Georgia coach Lizzy Stemke said in a news release. “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.
Against FIU, Jasmine Eatmon led the team with a .545 attack percentage, going 6-for-11 with no errors. Brittany Northcutt added nine kills, while Tirah Le’au and Briana Bahr finished with six kills each. Kaylee Kehoe and Maggie Baumert split time at setter, each finishing with 15 assists.
Elena Perri continued to show her defensive prowess, totaling nine blocks, including one solo block, to lead the match. Eatmon and Bahr each finished with five blocks, as the Georgia out blocked FIU 17-8. Northcutt was just one kill shy of her second double-double of the season, as she led the team in digs with 16.
FIU jumped out to a 10-3 lead in set one before a kill be Eatmon sparked a five-point run that cut the FIU lead to three at 11-8. Chloe Buckendahl tied the match at 13 with a kill. Behind the serve of Allison Summers, Georgia scored four-straight points to take a 17-15 lead. The Bulldogs maintained the lead throughout the rest of the set, scoring the final three points, including the set-winner on a Kehoe ace, to seal the set 25-20.
Georgia raced out to a 9-3 lead in the second set, before FIU scored six-straight points to tie the set at nine and force the Bulldogs to call a timeout. Following the timeout, Georgia scored the next four points, including two on blocks, to regain a 13-9 lead. FIU brought the set within one at 13-12, before an Eatmon kill sparked a five-point run that made it an 18-12 set. The Bulldogs went on to score seven of the final 11 points to win the second set 25-16.
The teams tied three times in the third set before an Eatmon kill ignited a seven-point Georgia run that put it on top 13-6. During the run, Georgia saw three kills, two blocks and a pair of FIU miscues. With Georgiaholding a 16-9 lead, FIU scored five of the next six points to make it a three-point set at 17-14. A block by Eatmon and Le’au extended Georgia’s lead to five at 20-15 before FIU made it a 20-18 set on a Georgia error. The Bulldogs scored three of the final four points to take the set 25-22 and the match 3-0.
Georgia returns to action at 11:30 a.m. Saturday against tournament-host and ninth-ranked Florida State. It will be the Bulldogs’ first match of the season against a nationally ranked team.