Sept. 1, 2017
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Georgia Tech volleyball (2-3) fell 3-0 to No. 17 San Diego (3-1) in its first match of the USD Tournament on Friday afternoon in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Jackets finish out the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 2 against No. 4 Texas and Villanova.
Head coach Michelle Collier says:
“I don’t feel like we came out aggressive enough from the service line to put pressure on a great team like San Diego. It’s tough to walk out from this match knowing we were not able to bring our best to the court. That’s what we need to get better as a team, consistency from every player and how they come out to compete every day.
“We finished the match playing better and all we can do is learn from our mistakes and come out ready to perform better against one of the best teams in the country tomorrow. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier but if we maximize the lessons along the way and our opportunities to compete, we will come out stronger on the other side.”
How it happened:
Tech came out to a slow start as San Diego jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first. Collier called a timeout to try to rally the Jackets but the Toreros didn’t let up, extending the lead to 15-3. At that point the set was in San Diego’s hands and it taking the first set at 25-13.
It was more of the same in the second as San Diego took off to a 12-2 lead to start the second. Tech battled to reduce the lead to seven points but the Toreros sealed the set at 25-12 to take the two game advantage.
The Yellow Jackets came out of the locker room ready for battle in the third, trading points early in the set. The Toreros took a six point lead at 12-6 but a kill from senior Gabriela Stavnetchei and a block from Stavnetchei and senior Sydney Wilson kept San Diego in arms reach. A 4-0 run by the Toreros caused Collier to call a timeout with the tally at 17-11. The Jackets made a late run but came up short, falling 25-20 in the third as the Toreros took the match.
Tech plays two more matches in the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 2. The Jackets start off the day by facing No. 4 Texas (2-1) at 3 p.m. ET before closing out the road trip against Villanova (3-1) at 8 p.m. ET.
– Freshman Grace Rigsbee made her collegiate debut for the Yellow Jackets.