Volleyball Opens ACC Play At Maryland, Pittsburgh

Sept. 26, 2013

Georgia Tech Volleyball
 Match 13  Tech at Maryland, Friday, Sept. 27 – 7 p.m.
 Match 14  Tech at Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 29 – 2 p.m.
 Live Stats  Friday | Sunday
 Watch  Friday – TerpsTV | Sunday – ESPN3

THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team opens Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend on the road at Maryland and Pittsburgh. The Jackets take on the Terrapins (8-4, 0-0 ACC) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Comcast Center, before meeting the Panthers (8-5, 0-0 ACC) Sunday on ESPN3 at 2 p.m. at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse. Sunday’s contest marks the first of seven ESPN3/TV matches for Tech this season.

Live Coverage
Fans can watch Friday’s match on TerpsTV (subscription required) and follow the game via live stats on UMTerps.com. Sunday’s match will be broadcast online on ESPN3 with Pete Blais and Kathryn Ghion on the call. GameTracker will also be available for Sunday’s contest.

Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 2-1 record and second-place finish at the Tennessee Invitational, sweeping Tennessee and Jacksonville State, and falling to tournament-champion Coastal Carolina, 3-1.

Offensively, the Jackets are led by senior Jennifer Percy with 125 kills and 3.05 kills per set, while Quinn Evans and Ivona Kolak have each contributed 72 kills. Evans and Chanell Clark-Bibbs have put up solid blocks for Tech this season and Evans is seventh in the ACC in blocks per set (1.23).

Georgia Tech’s serving has been one of its key weapons this season. As a team, the Jackets are fourth in the ACC with 1.49 aces per set, led by Kaleigh Colson’s 13 aces. Clark-Bibbs owns a season-high 12 service aces, which is already more than her eight aces from 2012.

Yellow Jacket Leaderboard:
Kills per set – Jennifer Percy, 3.05
Assists per set – Kaleigh Colson, 6.50
Aces per set – Kaleigh Colson, 0.34
Digs per set – London Ackermann, 2.93
Blocks per set – Quinn Evans, 1.23

Maryland (8-4, 0-0 ACC)
The Terrapins are looking to snap a three-game losing streak, falling to No. 24 Ohio, No. 24 Michigan and Marshall at the Michigan Invitational. The Terps have three primary attackers with more than 100 kills and 3.00 kills per set  in Mary Cushman (153 kills), Adreene Elliott (134) and Ashleigh Crutcher (119 kills).   

Maryland is second in the ACC in opponent’s hitting percentage, holding the opposition to a .128 swinging clip. The Terps blocking is a key contributor of stealing kills from opponents. Ashlyn MacGregor’s 1.31 blocks per set average and the team’s overall 2.73 average rank third in the ACC.

Terrapin Leaderboard
Kills per set – Mary Cushman, 3.56
Assists per set – Amy Dion, 4.79
Aces per set – Ashleigh Crutcher; Amy Dion, 0.28
Digs per set – Sarah Harper, 4.91
Blocks per set – Ashlyn MacGregor, 1.31

Pittsburgh (8-5, 0-0 ACC)
The Panthers are looking to rebound from a 1-2 weekend at the Pitt Panther Invitational. All three matches went to more than three sets and two of the contests were five-set thrillers. Pitt fell to Cornell and Morehead State in five, and defeated Rutgers, 3-1. The Panthers make their ACC debut against Clemson on Friday, before hosting the Jackets.

The Panthers are ranked among some of the best in the conference stats. Pitt remained in first in service aces (1.65/set) with Maria Genitsaridi (0.41/set) and Jenna Jacobson (0.33/set) ranking third and eighth, respectively, in individual aces. Defensively, Pitt has held opponents to a .142 attack percentage, which is fourth in the ACC, and Delaney Clesen is seventh in digs (4.31/set).

Panther Leaderboard
Kills per set – Kate Yeazel, 3.08
Assists per set – Lindsey Zitzke, 5.60
Aces per set – Maria Genitsaridi, 0.41
Digs per set – Delaney Clesen, 4.31
Blocks per set – Jessica Boddy, 1.09
 

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