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2016 Volleyball Season Recap

Dec. 2, 2016

Team Notes
– Georgia Tech was in the top 50 in the NCAA RPI all season.
– The Jackets finished the regular season with their best overall (.750) and ACC (.750) winning percentages in 12 years – since 2004 (.794 overall, 1.000 ACC).
– Georgia Tech went on a 10-match winning streak; the longest since 2006. Michelle Collier has led the Jackets to winning streaks of at least seven matches in back to back seasons (they had an eight-game streak last season) for the first time since Bond Shymansky had teams do so in 2006 (nine straight) and 2007 (seven in a row).
– For the first time in 12 years, the Georgia Tech volleyball team defeated Duke in Durham on Oct. 23, 2016. The Jackets’ 3-1 win was the first one in Durham since Oct. 9, 2004.
– More than half of the Jackets’ wins were sweeps (13) – the most for the team since 2012.
– The Jackets 24 wins were the most for the Georgia Tech program since 2004 (27).
– This season the Jackets allowed only eight opponents to hit above .200 and held the competition to below a .200 clip in 24 matches.
– The Jackets finished the regular season tied for third in the ACC, four spots ahead of their preseason projection.
– The Jackets had no losses to over 100 RPI teams, and no losses to over 50 RPI teams (RPI as of 11/26).
– The Jackets were swept one time this season (by then-No. 10 North Carolina) and played each team tough in the losses, fighting to four or five sets.
– The Jackets swept Virginia Tech – it was the first sweep of the Hokies since Nov. 21, 2009.
– Most wins on the road (9) since tallying 12 wins in 2004.

Category

Stat

ACC Rank (as of 11/26)

NCAA Rank (as of 11/26)

Match W-L %

.750

3rd

40th

Hitting %

.224

6th

107th

Opponent Hitting %

.171

2nd

40th

Assists/set

12.84

3rd

52nd

Team Assists

1,567

2nd

16th

Blocks/set

2.38

5th

62nd

Team Blocks

290.5

4th

34th

Digs/set

16.24

2nd

56th

Team Digs

1,981

2nd

37th

Kills/set

13.62

3rd

65th

Team Kills

1,662

3rd

21st

Aces/set

1.20

5th

179th

Team Aces

146

4th

117th

 

Individual Milestones

London Ackermann
– Crushed the Georgia Tech all-time digs (a 26-year-old record) and digs/set record – needed to reach 1,594 and ended the 2016 regular season with 1,828 digs and 3.98 digs/set.
– Her 570 digs in 2016 led the team and rank second on Georgia Tech’s single-season record list.
– Tallied double-digit digs in 28 matches.
– Third in the ACC in digs/set.
– Recorded 13 matches with 20-plus digs, including a career-best 32 digs at K-State.
– One of 15 Yellow Jackets to ever put up more than 30 digs in a match.
– Named MVP of War Eagle Invite.
– Named to the K-State all-tournament team.

Teegan Van Gunst
– First Team All-ACC.
– Second in the ACC in kills/set and points/set.
– Led the team with 507 kills and 4.19 kills/set.
– 507 kills are the 10th most in a single-season ever at Georgia Tech.
– Second on the team with 386 digs and 3.19 digs/set.
– Became one of nine Yellow Jackets all-time to eclipse 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
– 20 double-doubles on the season.
– 24-straight matches with double-figure kills.
– Last time she tallied single-digit kills was Sept. 8, 2016.
– Tied for 10th on Georgia Tech’s all-time career kills list (1,453).
– Became one of 14 Yellow Jackets to tally 30 kills in a match.
– Second in the ACC in kills/set and points/set.
– Selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 First Team.
– Senior CLASS top-30 candidate.

Rebecca Martin
– Finished the regular season with 1,034 assists.
– 3,505 career assists are ranked fifth all-time at Georgia Tech.
– Her career 8.65 assists/set ranked seventh all-time at Georgia Tech.
– Recorded five double-doubles this season.
– Notched 10 matches this season with at least two serving aces.
– Ninth in the ACC in assists/set.

Gabriela Stavnetchei
– Eight double-doubles.
– 332 kills are second-most on the team and a season-best for Stavnetchei.
– Recorded a season-best 240 digs.
– 17 matches with double-figure kills, including in the last seven matches of the regular season.
– Nine matches with double-figure digs.
– Notched a career-best seven blocks at Florida State.

Annika Van Gunst
– Recorded 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs to become only the ninth Yellow Jacket to accomplish the feat.
– Named to the War Eagle all-tournament team.
– Five double-doubles this season.
– Tallied a career-high 23 digs against K-State.
– Recorded 11 matches with 10-plus kills and 15 matches with 10-plus digs.

Lauren Pitz
– Hit .833 (5-0-6) against Notre Dame.
– Tallied a career-best three solo blocks against Louisville.
– Notched at least five block assists in eight matches.
– Hit .266 with 124 kills to cap off her senior year.

Sydney Wilson
– Needs two more solo blocks to crack Georgia Tech’s career list (currently has 53).
– Tallied four solo blocks vs. North Florida, to become one of nine Yellow Jackets to accomplish the feat.
– Hit .556 (10k-0e-18a) at Pitt.
– Hit above. 300 in 12 matches, including above .500 in seven matches.
– Tallied a career-best 10 block assists against Pitt.

Kodie Comby
– Tallied four solo blocks at Coastal Carolina, to become one of nine Yellow Jackets to accomplish the feat.
– Recorded a season-high 12 kills against Kennesaw State.
– Notched a season high six blocks at NC State.
– Hit .256 with 111 kills in her freshman campaign.
– Named ACC Freshman of the Week (9/12).
– Named to the Georgia Challenge all-tournament team.

Ashley Askin
– Saw action in 81 sets.
– Hit .412 against Clemson and .500 against Georgia State.
– Put up a season-best nine digs at NC State.
– Notched a season-best nine kills at Coastal Carolina.

Lauren Frerking
– Tallied two blocks at Clemson.
– Played in eight sets.

Gabby Benda
– Played in 30 matches with five starts.
– Averaged 3.88 assists/set and totaled 310 assists on the season.
– Tallied her first career double-double with 23 assists and a career-best 15 digs against Louisville.
– Tied her career-best with three kills against Tennessee State.

Emily Becker
– Saw action in 12 sets with two service aces and a dig.

Simone Spencer
– Did not see action.

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