CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Despite a career-best performance from senior Lauren Frerking, Georgia Tech volleyball (13-10, 2-8 ACC) dropped the final match of its road swing to Miami (11-6, 7-3) 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Georgia Tech 1, Miami 3
The first set was close the whole way. Miami took a three-point edge at 18-15 and Georgia Tech called the first timeout of the set. The Hurricanes pushed their lead to four but three-straight kills from Frerking got Tech back on track and within one at 19-18. Miami took another three-point lead and the Jackets called their second timeout of the set, trailing 22-19. Tech took two in a row coming out of the timeout to come within one at 22-21 on a block from junior Kodie Comby and sophomore Grace Rigsbee and Miami called timeout. The Hurricanes stayed ahead and closed out the set at 25-22 to lead 1-0.
Miami carried the momentum into the second set, jumping to a 7-3 lead and Tech called a timeout. The Hurricanes extended their lead to as many as eight but the Jackets reigned it back in to trail 17-12 on a kill from freshman Mikaila Dowd. Tech kept fighting but the set remained out of reach and Miami took the 2-0 lead at 25-19.
Tech bounced back to kick off the third set, rolling to a 10-4 lead on a kill from Dowd to cause Miami to use a timeout. The Jackets stayed after it, leading by as many as nine at 22-13 on a kill from freshman Mariana Brambilla. The Hurricanes came within five at 22-15 and the Jackets called a timeout. Tech took two in a row coming out of the timeout to reach set point at 24-15 and a kill from Dowd sealed the set for the Jackets at 25-16 to force a fourth.
Tech took an early lead in the fourth on back-to-back aces from Brambilla but the Hurricanes tied it up at 6-6. The teams battled back and forth, trading points to a tie at 11-11 before the Hurricanes snuck ahead. Tech kept it close, tying the set back up at 14-14 on a block from Rigsbee and freshman Kayla Kaiser. Miami pushed back ahead and Tech called timeout with the score at 18-14. The Hurricanes moved their lead to six at 22-16 and the Jackets used their second timeout of the set. The Hurricanes didn’t let up and took the fourth set at 25-16 for the 3-1 win.
The Jackets return to O’Keefe for three-straight weekends for their final five home matches of the regular season. Tech hosts North Carolina and NC State next weekend on Friday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 28, respectively.
- Lauren Frerking had a career-high 10 kills.
- Mikaila Dowd led the Jackets with 13 kills.