Oct. 1, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Behind 22 kills by sophomore Monique Mead and a career-high 17 from freshman Jennifer Percy, the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (8-7, 1-3 ACC) beat Virginia (6-8, 0-4), 3-1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17), Friday night at Memorial Gym.
The Yellow Jackets were one point away from falling behind in the match 2-0, but scored the final five points to win the second set 26-24 and even the match at one set apiece and take the momentum from Virginia. The Jackets also scored the final four points of the third set after trailing 23-22.
Mead had her 22 kills on .333 hitting while Percy hit .353 for her 17 kills. The Yellow Jackets hit .308 as a team for the night, including .515 in the fourth set. Juniors Bailey Hunter and Asia Stawicka added 11 kills apiece for Tech as Stawicka hit .600.
Senior Mary Ashley Tippins recorded her seventh double-double of the season on 46 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore Susan Carlson had a career-high 15 digs, while senior Jordan McCullers had a career-best eight assists to go along with her 12 digs.
Georgia Tech had 12 blocks on the night, including two solos by Percy. Stawicka and Woodson had five total blocks apiece.
Virginia used a 5-0 run mid-way through the first set to take control and go on to win 25-19. Tech trailed by four points for much of the set but reeled off three in a row to get within a point at 15-14. That’s when the Cavaliers scored five straight to open up a 20-14 lead and force the Yellow Jackets to use their final timeout. Tech answered with three in a row forcing a UVA timeout, but the Cavaliers came back with five of the final seven to win the first set. Mead led the Jackets with four kills while Percy added three. Tech hit .200 compared to Virginia’s .312.
Georgia Tech was a point away from being down 2-0 for the match, but scored the final five points of the second set and win 26-24 to even the match. Tech trailed for the majority of the second set as Virginia built up a five-point edge at 12-7. Tech came back with a 5-0 run to tie it up at 12, but UVA quickly re-gained its lead. Down 18-16, the Yellow Jackets scored four points in a row to take their first lead of the set at 20-18, but UVA answered once again with a 6-1 run to hold set point at 24-21. That’s when Tech captured the momentum with five straight points to close out the set. Mead had eight kills for Georgia Tech as it hit .250.
The third set went back and forth as it resulted in another Jacket come-back. Down 23-22 following a 5-2 UVA run, Tech took the final four points to win and go up 2-1 for the match. The Yellow Jackets led by as many as four points, 18-14, when UVA came back and eventually took the one-point lead. Tech hit .286 for the set and used five total blocks, including two solo ones by Percy, to take the lead.
In the fourth set, the Yellow Jackets used an 11-4 run to take their largest lead of the night at 17-10. Virginia never got any closer than five points the rest of the way as Tech won going away, 25-17 to win the match.
The Yellow Jackets return to action tomorrow night with a 6 p.m. match against Virginia Tech. Live stats will be available at www.EamblinWreck.com.