THE FLATS – Bianca Bertolino, a junior outside hitter from San Guillermo-Santa Fe, Argentina, has become the 16th All-American in Georgia Tech volleyball history, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today. Bertolino was awarded Honorable Mention All-America status by the AVCA, marking her first All-American season.
Bianca Bertolino | Jr. | OH | San Guillermo-Santa Fe, Argentina
Bianca Bertolino was been the catalyst for Georgia Tech all season, positively affecting each point in a variety of ways. She is the only Power 5 pin hitter to finish the season with 60+ aces (62) all while posting an incredible .975 receiving percentage as a primary passer in serve/receive. Bertolino completed her junior season with a career-best 351 kills and 321 digs, bringing her career totals to 839 kills and 1,004 digs. It was her first 300 kill / 300 dig season in college and her third consecutive 300 dig season.
She was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 23 and finished the regular season leading the ACC with 62 aces (.55/set). She finished the regular season leading all Power 5 pin-hitters in aces and 5th overall in Division I in aces/set. She made 7 aces in Georgia Tech’s four-set win over Louisville, the second most aces in a single match by a Power 5 player this season and the most in an ACC match since 2017. She becomes the 16th Yellow Jacket in program history and the fifth in the Michelle Collier era to earn multiple All-Region honors. In the NCAA Tournament, Bertolino contributed 32 kills and 40 digs over the course of three matches. Her 18 kill, 17 dig performance in Tech’s 2nd round win at Florida was her second double-double of her NCAA Tournament career, joining Mariana Brambilla as the only Jackets with multiple double-doubles in NCAA Tournament matches in the modern scoring era.
Bertolino becomes the 16th Jacket in program history to earn at least honorable mention All-America status and the fifth in the Michelle Collier era. The Yellow Jackets have had an AVCA All-American in each of the past four seasons (Julia Bergmann (2020, ’21 and ’22), Matti McKissock (2021) and Mariana Brambilla (2020 and 2021)).
The Jackets are one of 17 programs from across Division I to have a representative on the AVCA All-America list in every season of the current decade (each of the last four seasons).
Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2
Looking to build on the success of last year’s Competitive Drive Initiative, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech athletics are partnering once again to launch Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2. CDI Turn 2 has a goal of raising $2.5 million in new gifts to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund by Dec. 31, and Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Foundation will match eligible gifts to accelerate the impact for Tech athletics. Like last year, not only will gifts to CDI Turn 2 be matched, but so will the contributor’s benefits in the way of A-T Fund giving levels and priority points. To learn more and contribute online, visit atfund.org/turn2.