Nov. 19, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Volleyball team (18-9, 12-5 ACC) closes out its regular season home slate this weekend by hosting Virginia (12-16, 7-10) on Friday and then Virginia Tech (18-10, 8-9) on Saturday. Both matches at O’Keefe Gym will begin at 7 p.m. Prior to Saturday’s match against the Hokies, seniors Chrissy DeMichelis and Brittany Roderick will be honored.
“This is a very important weekend for us,” said head coach Tonya Johnson. “We have two big matches and of course it’s our seniors’ last weekend to play at home. Both Virginia and Virginia Tech are very good teams and I think both matches will be a battle. We will have to compete and execute from the very beginning to be successful this weekend.”
Both matches this weekend will be broadcast on WREK, 91.1 FM in Atlanta and online at www.RamblinWreck.com. The Yellow Jackets enter play this weekend in third place in the ACC standings, one match ahead of both Clemson and North Carolina. With its win in Charlottesville a few weeks ago, Georgia Tech is now 28-17 all-time against Virginia. Tech is 7-5 vs. Virginia Tech including the Hokies’ win in Blacksburg earlier this season.
On Oct. 16, Sophomore Bailey Hunter and freshman Monique Mead had 10 kills apiece but it was not enough as Georgia Tech lost to Virginia Tech, 3-0 (26-28, 24-26, 11-25) in front of 3,112 fans at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg. Both of the first two sets were close as the Yellow Jackets fell in extra points. In the second set, Tech raced out to an 11-2 lead only to see the Hokies come back and win. Hunter recorded at least 10 kills for her 15th straight match, but Tech hit just .098 on the night. The Hokies, meanwhile hit .204 in the match. Mead added 10 kills, five digs and four total blocks for the Yellow Jackets. Junior Mary Ashley Tippins led the Jackets with 26 assists and junior Jordan McCullers had a team-high 16 digs.
The next night in Charlottesville, Senior Chrissy DeMichelis had a season-high 20 kills, three solo blocks and hit .500 as Tech defeated Virginia, 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-21) at Memorial Gym. Junior Mary Ashley Tippins had her third double-double of the season with 49 assists and 12 digs, while junior Jordan McCullers had a team-best 14 digs for the evening. Sophomore Asia Stawicka had 12 kills, four digs and hit .409 for the Yellow Jackets, while sophomore Bailey Hunter added 10 kills to run her streak of at least 10 to 16 straight matches. Georgia Tech hit .250 for the night and held UVA to .130.