Oct. 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Monique Mead had 17 kills, six digs and six total blocks as the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (11-7, 4-3 ACC) upset No. 20 Florida State (14-3, 5-2), 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-17) Sunday afternoon at Tully Gym. The win completed a 4-0 road trip for the Yellow Jackets and is their second straight over a ranked FSU team in Tallahassee.
Last year, Tech beat the No. 17 Seminoles, 3-2, for its first win against a ranked team on the road since 2003. The win also snapped a string of 10 straight ACC wins at home for FSU, all coming since the loss to Tech last year.
Mead had 16 of her 17 kills in the final two sets, including 10 in the second. She hit .303 and added two assists, six digs and six total blocks. Georgia Tech finished the day hitting .319 and held Florida State to .072. No Seminole player had more than seven kills as Tech recorded 10 blocks.
Senior Mary Ashley Tippins had her 10th double-double of the season on 29 assists and 12 digs. Junior Bailey Hunter added eight kills and hit .429 while junior Asia Stawicka added seven kills and five total blocks. Sophomore Alexis Woodson had six kills on .500 hitting to go along with four digs and five total blocks and freshman Jennifer Percy added six kills as well.
Trailing by as many as eight points, Georgia Tech came back to win the first set, 26-24. Florida State used a 6-1 early run to go up 8-3 and force a Tech timeout. The Jackets tried to chip away and chip away but were still down 19-14. Tech got within a point at 23-22, but FSU controlled set point after a Tech error making the score 24-22. That’s when the Jackets reeled off four straight points to come back and win 26-24 and go up 1-0 for the match. Hunter led Tech with four kills as the Jackets hit .161.
The Yellow Jackets took that momentum into the second set as they used a 13-2 run to open up a 15-4 lead. FSU tried to climb back in the set, but the Jackets would not let them. The Seminoles could not get any closer than nine points as Tech went on to win 25-11 and take a 2-0 lead for the match. Mead had 10 kills for Georgia Tech as the Jackets hit .500 in the second set and held Florida State to -.087. The Jackets had five more blocks in the second set giving them nine for the match.
Georgia Tech used a 12-1 run in the third set as well to take control and went on for the sweep. It was 17-5 Yellow Jackets when FSU tried to get back in the set. The Seminoles scored five straight points making it 17-9 and forced Tech into a timeout. After the timeout, the Yellow Jackets did not let FSU get any closer and went on to the 25-17 win.
The Yellow Jackets finally return home now to open up a five-match homestand on Friday, Oct. 15 against first-place North Carolina at 7 p.m. It’s the annual “Dig for the Cure” night as the Yellow Jackets raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Fans can either donate a flat amount towards the cause or pledge a specific dollar amount for every dig the Yellow Jackets record against the Tar Heels.