Aug. 8, 2006
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech volleyball team was picked third in the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Poll with one first place vote and 114 points, announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Duke was picked as the conference favorite with eight first place votes and 139 points, as determined by the league’s 12 head coaches.
Virginia tallied three first place votes and the Cavaliers were tabbed second after 127 points. Duke, UVa and Tech are followed by North Carolina (103 pts.), Maryland (98 pts.), Florida State (83 pts.), Miami (73 pts.), Clemson (66 pts.), Wake Forest (59 pts.), Virginia Tech (33 pts.), Boston College (24 pts.) and NC State (17 pts.).
The Jackets’ Talisa Kellogg and Ulrike Stegemann were selected to the preseason All-ACC team for Tech. Kellogg, an All-ACC Freshman selection last year, enters her sophomore year as one of the Rambling Wreck’s top offensive players. The Westerville, Ohio, native led Tech with 457 kills in 2005.
Stegemann, a junior from Schwerin, Germany, was named to the All-ACC second team last season after averaging 2.92 kills per game (336). She hit .270 for the year, second on the Tech squad, and reached double-figure kills in 20 of 31 matches played in.
The Yellow Jackets will host the Regency Suites Midtown Invitational, Sept. 1-2, to open the season in O’Keefe Gymnasium. The Jackets will take on Mississippi State (12:30 p.m.) and archrival Georgia (6 p.m.) on Friday and Georgia State (9:30 a.m.) and Northern Iowa (3:30 p.m.) on Saturday.
2006 ACC Volleyball Preseason All-ACC Team
Jeannette Abbott , Clemson; Allison Anderson, Boston College; Amy Beaver, North Carolina; Jade Brown, Maryland; Carrie DeMange, Duke; Katie Esbrook, Virginia Tech; Beth Gillming, Maryland; Ali Hausfeld, Duke; Talisa Kellogg, Georgia Tech; Emily Kirkwood, Virginia; Sarah Kirkwood, Virginia; Natalie Mullikin, Wake Forest; Jill Robinson, Miami; Brittany Ross, Clemson; Francheska Savage, Miami; Jenny Shull, Duke; Ulrike Stegemann, Georgia Tech; Makini Thompson, Florida State.