Oct. 20, 2010
ALL VOLLEYBALL FANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ARRIVE EARLY ON FRIDAY NIGHT. THERE WILL BE A MEN’S BASKETBALL EVENT GOING ON AT THE ALEXANDER MEMORIAL COLISEUM THAT BEGINS AT 6:30 PM. PARKING WILL BE FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE IN THE AMC LOT, O’KEEFE LOT, SURFACE STREETS AND PETERS PARKING DECK.
Yellow Jackets Continue Homestand, Host Boston College and Maryland
The Georgia Tech Volleyball team (13-7, 6-3 ACC) continues its season-long, five-match homestand as Boston College (8-14, 0-9) and Maryland (14-7, 5-4) visit O’Keefe Gym Friday and Saturday night, respectively.
Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. and be streamed for free at RamblinWreck.com. Kurt Hoyt and Brittany Roderick have the call beginning at 6:50 p.m. each night. The audio can also be found on WREK, 91.1 FM.
Since dropping its first three ACC matches this season, Georgia Tech has won six straight and is now in a third-place tie with Florida State in the league standings. Its the longest winning streak for the Yellow Jackets since they reeled off seven in a row from Nov. 2-21, 2007.
The Boston College Series
Georgia Tech is 10-2 all-time against Boston College and have won seven straight in the series. The last four have all been 3-0 sweeps and the Jackets have never lost to BC at home.
Boston College comes in with an 8-14 overall record and is 0-9 in ACC play.
The Maryland Series
Georgia Tech is now 25-25 all-time against Maryland after winning both matches by a 3-0 score last season. Tech has now won four in a row against the Terrapins, all via 3-0 sweeps.
The Yellow Jackets have won 12 straight against Maryland at home. The Terrapins’ last win in O’Keefe Gym came on Oct. 17, 1997 by a 3-2 score.
Georgia Tech picked a great time to start heating up. After dropping its first three league games and starting the season 7-7, Tech has won six straight (all in ACC play). Here is a comparison of how the numbers shape up during this streak.
Stat 1st 14 Matches Last 6
Hitting Percentage .250 .285
Kills per set 13.13 15.48
Assists per set 12.21 14.36
Digs per set 13.15 14.04
Blocks per set 2.12 2.72
What Sophomore Jinx?
Don’t tell sophomore right-side hitter Monique Mead there is such a thing as a sophomore jinx. The 2009 ACC Freshman of the Year and honorable mention AVCA All-American is first in the ACC and 14th in the nation averaging 4.47 kills per set. She is one of just two players in the ACC with more than four kills a set.
Mead has five double-doubles this season and has had at least 20 kills seven times.
In a five-set loss to Duke on Sept. 24, Mead piled up a career-high 30 kills. It was Tech’s first 30-kill match since Talisa Kellogg had 35 against Virginia on Oct. 22, 2005 and just the 12th 30-kill match by an individual in school history.
Mead is hitting .263 this season and also averages 2.03 digs and 0.97 blocks a set.
Can You Dig It?
On Aug. 28, senior libero Jordan McCullers recorded her 1,000th career dig. The Kennesaw, Ga. native now has 1,277 in her career which is 10th in school history.
McCullers is averaging 3.95 digs per set this season which ranks ninth in the ACC. She has also been contributing in other ways as she has a career-high eight assists twice, most recently Oct. 1 at Virginia.
Mash Eclipses 3,000 Assists
On Oct. 8 at Miami, senior setter Mary Ashley Tippins recorded the 3,000th assist in her career. She currently ranks fifth in Tech history with 3.167 career helpers.
Tippins, an Atlanta native, is currently third in the ACC and 38th nationally with 10.69 assists per set. Last season, she finished first in the ACC and 20th in the nation with 11.27 assists per set.
Tippins leads the team with 11 double-doubles already this season. She is also averaging 2.53 digs per set and 0.48 blocks while adding 58 kills as well.
Percy, a native of Mobile, Ala., has at least 11 kills in five of the nine ACC matches this season. That includes the career-high 17 she had at Virginia on Oct. 1. Percy is now fourth on the team with 2.08 kills a set and also has 24 total blocks.
In high school, Percy was a member of the prepvolleyball.com “Senior Aces” and led her team to three state titles. She was a four-time all-state performer and member of the 2008 USA Volleyball Junior A1 camp.
Carlson has played in all 77 sets this season, while Meyer has seen time in 37 sets, mainly in the last few weeks.
Carlson, a native of Pasadena, Calif., has been solid across the board with 1.99 digs per set and 47 kills. She is also second on the team with 18 service aces.
Carlson recently had a career-high 12 digs Oct. 1 at Virginia and has had at least 10 digs in six different matches.
Meyer, meanwhile, has played in all but one set since Sept. 17 at Clemson. She has 36 digs on the year and has been a big part of the Jackets’ stellar defensive efforts.
Junior Asia Stawicka has continued to put up some impressive blocking numbers this season, something she has done when healthy throughout her Tech career thus far.
Stawicka is currently fourth in the ACC with 1.16 blocks per set and has 89 total, including nine solo. She is 29 away from 10th place in Tech history with 292 blocks now, despite missing nearly half of her freshman year with an elbow injury.
With 268 career block assists, the Warsaw, Poland native stands in 10th-place all-time.
Stawicka has had a season-high nine total blocks on two different occasions this year (at Georgia, at Clemson) and has had at least five blocks on seven different occasions.
As a team, the Yellow Jackets are averaging 2.32 blocks per set this season and have at least 10 total blocks in five of the last six matches. This includes a season-best 17 Oct. 15 against North Carolina.
Hunter Continues Solid Play
After a break-out 2009 season, junior Bailey Hunter has continued her success in 2010. Following a career-high 24 kills at Virginia Tech Oct. 2, Hunter now ranks second on the team with 3.06 kills.
Hunter’s previous career-high was a 20-kill, 10-dig performance at Clemson in the 2009 regular season finale. That is her only career double-double.
Hunter has had at least 10 kills in all but six matches this season after going 19 straight a year ago.
Woodson Coming On Strong
Its no coincidence that the solid play of late for the team has tied in with the improved play of sophomore Alexis Woodson.
The Atlanta native and transfer from Indiana has had 17 blocks in the last two matches and now ranks third on the team with 0.89 a set.
She had a career-high 10 kills at Miami as well on Oct. 8 and now averages 1.24 a set to go along with 28 digs.