The Georgia volleyball team picked up its first win over a ranked opponent in the Lizzy Stemke era after upsetting No. 15 Kentucky with a 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 13-25, 25-21, 23-21) win on Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum. The win marked the first time the Bulldogs defeated an opponent ranked in the top 15 since 2008.
“What a match,” Stemke said in a news release. “I’m speechless right now. We fought so hard. When you have a 23-21 fifth set, that’s just competitive volleyball. I am so proud of our team right now. We’ve had such a tough week. We kept talking about the fact that maybe these last three matches we haven’t gotten the (win), but we’ve gotten better. Statistically we’ve gotten better. We have fought as a team.”
Tirah Le’au notched one of the best performances of her career, leading the match with 18 kills and hitting at a .343 efficiency. Brittany Northcutt and Maggie Baumert each earned double-doubles, with Northcutt finishing with 13 kills and 10 digs and Baumert notching 23 assists and 11 digs.
Lauren Teknipp finished the match with 13 kills. Kaylee Kehoe led the team with 24 assists to go along with Baumert’s 23.
As a team, the Bulldogs finished with 13 total blocks, led by Jasmine Eatmon with six, including two solo stops. Elena Perri added five blocks, while Teknipp posted four. Allison Summers helped pace the Bulldogs with 19 digs.
Georgia (15-6, 5-4 SEC) continues its home stand on Friday when it hosts Alabama at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center. The Bulldogs will close out the home stretch Sunday against Mississippi State.