June 21, 2013
THE FLATS – Two home tournaments, six matches against 2012 NCAA Tournament participants and 16 home contests at O’Keefe Gym highlight the Georgia Tech volleyball team’s 2013 schedule, head coach Tonya Johnson announced this week.
“It’s a good balanced schedule,” Head coach Tonya Johnson said. “We have six NCAA Tournament opponents on the schedule. Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse being the newest additions to the ACC; It’s a tough conference schedule. I think it’s going to be a dog-fight every night in our conference because everybody is so good. From top to bottom our conference is pretty solid.”
Johnson enters her fifth year at the helm of the program after guiding the 2012 team to its third winning record in her tenure with a 19-12 overall record and a 10-10 mark in ACC action. The Jackets return 10 players and five newcomers to the 2013 roster.
Georgia Tech has compiled a 292-221 record against the 2013 competition and is set to compete against five teams for the first time. Against the newest ACC members – Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame – Georgia Tech is 2-1.
The Jackets play in four tournaments on consecutive weekends before kicking off ACC action. Tech opens its 2013 slate August 30 when it welcomes Florida A&M, UT-Chattanooga and College of Charleston to O’Keefe Gymnasium in the Georgia Tech Invitational.
The following weekend, Tech travels west to the Sheraton Airport Lobo Classic, hosted by the University of New Mexico, to play three teams for the first time in program history – UC Riverside, Idaho State and New Mexico.
Georgia Tech returns home Sept. 13 to host the Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic, which draws St. John’s, Troy and Connecticut, before heading to Knoxville, Tenn. the weekend of Sept. 20 when the Jackets face Tennessee, Coastal Carolina and Jacksonville State.
The Jackets play 20 conference matches and 10 teams take on Tech in front of its home crowd at O’Keefe Gymnasium. Tech welcomes 2012 regular season champion Florida State and Miami the first week of October. Notre Dame visits Atlanta Oct. 12 for the first time since 1995.
Duke and Wake Forest wrap up Tech’s home matches in October and the Jackets begin November with Virginia and Virginia Tech. Clemson (Nov. 14), Boston College (Nov. 22) and Syracuse (Nov. 24) round out Tech’s home contests.
The Jackets begin league play on the road Sept. 27 at Maryland, followed by a contest at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29. Tech travels to Clemson (Oct. 9), Syracuse (Oct. 25), Boston College (Oct. 27), NC State (Nov.9), North Carolina (Nov. 10), Duke (Nov. 16), Miami (Nov. 27) and Florida State (Nov. 29).