Oct. 17, 2010
ATLANTA – Sophomore Monique Mead had 23 kills and junior Bailey Hunter added 18 as the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (13-7, 6-3 ACC) won its sixth straight match, 3-1 (25-14, 25-27, 25-20, 25-16) over NC State (12-9, 2-7) Sunday afternoon at O’Keefe Gym.
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.
Georgia Tech used a 7-1 run mid-way through the first set to go up 15-8 and went on to win 25-14. NC State got within four points at 17-13, but the Yellow Jackets then closed out on an 8-1 run to run away with the first set. Tech hit .367 in the opening set and was led by five kills from Mead.
The second set was full of wild momentum swings as NC State eventually won 27-25. The Yellow Jackets used a 10-1 run to open up a 17-8 lead and looked well on their way to going up in the match 2-0. NC State began to chip away and used a 9-2 run of its own to get within a point at 20-19. Tech then reeled off four in a row, but the Wolfpack answered with four points right back to tie the set at 23. Tech held set point 24-23, but again NC State answered. The Jackets fought off one set point, but the Wolfpack had the final run and evened the match at one. Hunter led Tech with eight kills in the set as the Jackets hit .231 and had five blocks. Mead added four kills as well.
The third set was close throughout as neither team led by more than two points until a mini run put Tech up 18-14. NC State came back to get within a point at 19-18 before 4-0 run by the Jackets gave them a 23-18 lead. NC State scored two in a row, but this time the Yellow Jackets were able to close out NC State and win 25-20. Mead led Tech with six kills in the third set while Stawicka and Hunter had five apiece. Tech hit .405 in the set.
The fourth set saw the Yellow Jackets use an 11-4 run midway through to take control. NC State never really got back in it as Tech went on to the 25-16 win. Mead had eight kills in the set for the Yellow Jackets as they hit .351.
The Yellow Jackets continue their five-match homestand next weekend when Boston College (Sept. 22) and Maryland (Sept. 23) visit O’Keefe Gym. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. Live video, audio and stats are available for every home match at www.RamblinWreck.com. Each home match will also be broadcast on WREK, 91.1 FM in Atlanta.