Jackets Host Regency Suites Classic to Open 2008 Home Slate

Sept. 4, 2008

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ATLANTA – After beginning the season by capturing the Georgia Bulldog Invitational title one week ago, Georgia Tech (3-0) will open the doors to O’Keefe Gym for the first time in 2008 when it hosts the Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic this weekend. The event runs from Friday through Sunday, with Tech’s first match coming Friday at 7 p.m. against Arkansas (0-3). Joining the Jackets and Lady Razorbacks in the tournament are Georgia State (0-3), Xavier (3-0) and No. 25 Michigan (3-0).

The Jackets won’t play the Panthers in the event after defeating against their cross-town foe, 3-0, a week ago, but Tech will square off against Xavier Saturday at 5 p.m. before closing out the tournament Sunday in a 2 p.m. match against the nationally-ranked Wolverines.

Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic ScheduleFriday:         Georgia State vs. Xavier, 4 p.m.                Georgia Tech vs. Arkansas, 7 p.m.Saturday:       Georgia State vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.                Georgia Tech vs. Xavier, 5 p.m.                Michigan vs. Arkansas, 7 p.m.Sunday:         Georgia State vs. Arkansas (at Georgia State), 12 p.m.                Georgia Tech vs. Michigan, 2 p.m.

Match Coverage: The entire tournament can be followed via livestats at Ramblinwreck.com, and all of Tech’s matches can be heard on WREK Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta/www.wrek.org). Tech’s first two matches can also be seen on ACC Select (www.theacc.com/accselect/index.html), and Sunday’s match against Michigan will be aired tape-delayed by SportSouth on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 17 at 8 p.m.

Former Teammates Meet Sunday

When the Jackets and Wolverines meet Sunday afternoon, the Atlanta-area A5 club team will be well-represented at O’Keefe Gym, when current Yellow Jackets Mary Ashley Tippins, Jordan McCullers and Lisa Carlson square off against their former A5 teammate Courtney Fletcher at 2 p.m.

Jackets Still Receiving Votes

For the second-straight week, the Yellow Jacket volleyball team is on mind of coaches from across the country as they continue to receive votes in the AVCA Top-25 poll. Tech hasn’t cracked the top-25 since the preseason 2005 poll.

The O’Keefe Effect

The Yellow Jackets have posted a stellar 151-42 (.782) record at O’Keefe Gymnasium since the volleyball team began playing matches there in 1995. Georgia Tech has won at least 10 matches at O’Keefe Gym in each of the last seven seasons and 79 of its 95 home matches (.832) under head coach Bond Shymansky.

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