Nov. 18, 2010
ATLANTA – With just three matches remaining in the regular season and a log jam in the ACC standings, the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (17-12, 10-7 ACC) heads to North Carolina for a pair of matches this weekend in its final road trip of the regular season. The Yellow Jackets will face NC State (13-16, 3-14) on Friday at 7 p.m. and them UNC (21-9, 12-5) Sunday at Noon.
Tech currently sits in a third-place tie in the ACC with Miami, Florida State and Maryland. All four of those schools are within two matches of second-place North Carolina and just one match ahead of Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Earlier This Season:
Georgia Tech beat both NC State and North Carolina by a 3-1 score at O’Keefe Gym last month. Junior Bailey Hunter and sophomore Monique Mead combined for 35 kills as Georgia Tech defeated North Carolina, 3-1 (27-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23), in front of 1,337 fans at O’Keefe Gym on Oct. 15. On “Dig for the Cure” night, the Yellow Jackets recorded 64 digs and raised $1,260 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Georgia Tech had a season-high 17 blocks and was led by Hunter who had 18 kills on .316 hitting. Mead posted her fifth double-double of the season as she had 17 kills and 14 digs to go along with seven total blocks. Senior Mary Ashley Tippins had her 11th double-double of the season and fifth straight with 45 assists and 16 digs. She also added four total blocks.
Freshman Jennifer Percy added 11 kills and three total blocks for Georgia Tech, while sophomore Alexis Woodson had a career-high nine total blocks to lead all players. Junior Asia Stawicka had nine kills on .318 hitting as well as seven total blocks. Senior Jordan McCullers chipped in with 14 digs and six assists and sophomore Susan Carlson added 11 digs.
Two days later, the Yellow Jackets beat the Wolfpack by an identical 3-1 (25-14, 25-27, 25-20, 25-16) score. Mead had 23 kills and Hunter added 18. Senior Mary Ashley Tippins had 59 assists in the match to move into fifth place on the all-time Tech charts as she passed Lindsey Laband. Classmate Jordan McCullers had 16 digs which moved her into 10th-place all-time in school history.
The Yellow Jackets hit .336 in the match and had 12 blocks. Mead hit .302 and also added six digs. Hunter, meanwhile, hit .485 and had just two attacking errors for her 18 kills. Junior Asia Stawicka added 12 kills, hit .550 and had four digs. Freshman Jennifer Percy had eight kills for the Yellow Jackets and sophomore Alexis Woodson had six kills and eight total blocks.
Tippins, McCullers Continue To Move Up The Charts:
Georgia Tech’s two seniors, Mary Ashley Tippins and Jordan McCullers, continue to move up the school’s all-time assists and digs charts respectively. Tippins has 3,507 career assists and is 54 away from passing Allie Niekamp for third place in Georgia Tech history. McCullers, meanwhile, is steadily moving up the digs chart. With 1,397 career digs, McCullers ranks sixth all-time. She is just 60 digs away from moving into fourth place.
Despite missing half of her freshman season with an injury, junior Asia Stawicka is moving up the school’s all-time blocking charts. The Warsaw, Poland native is now 10th in Tech history with 324 total blocks while her 294 block assists rank ninth.
With the wins last month, Georgia Tech is now Georgia Tech is 24-28 all-time against North Carolina. That includes a sweep last season of the Tar Heels as well. Against NC State, the Jackets are 37-12 and have won 21 straight matches against the Wolfpack, 14 of which have been 3-0 sweeps. NC State’s last win in the series was a 3-2 decision on Oct. 22, 1999 in North Carolina.