Aug 30, 2013
THE FLATS – Freshman Teegan Van Gunst put down 14 kills and senior Jennifer Percy added 10 more as the Georgia Tech volleyball team (2-0) defeated the Chattanooga Mocs (0-2) in three sets (25-17, 25-20, 25-13) in front of a packed O’Keefe Gymnasium.
“I would like to thank our fans and student for coming out tonight,” head coach Tonya Johnson said. “It was an incredible environment and we appreciate all their support and hope they come back out on Sunday afternoon.”
Teegan Van Gunst added 14 kills to her 11 from the earlier match against Florida A&M and recorded a .444 hitting percentage (14-for-27) to lead Tech. Zoey Morton and Ivona Kolak held things down on the back line with 12 and 11 digs, respectively.
“I thought our kids came out and played a heck of a match tonight,” Johnson said. “I thought we competed from beginning to end, and it was nice to see us maintain our poise and be steady throughout the match. I felt like tonight we controlled the tempo of the match.”
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the opening frame behind kills by Quinn Evans and Teegan Van Gunst. Tech did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the set and pulled ahead 23-11. Chattanooga put together a six-point run, but Tech slammed the door on a kill by Percy.
The Mocs set the tempo to start the second set and strung together a 6-1 run. Georgia Tech pecked away at the lead and eventually tied the score 10-10 on a kill by Evans. A Chattanooga attacking error gave Tech its first lead of the game, 11-10, and a kill courtesy of Kolak put Tech up by two.
Chattanooga worked its way back into the match and knotted the score 19-19, but Georgia Tech countered with four straight points behind the serving of Chanell Clark-Bibbs to pull ahead 22-20 and win the set, 25-20.
The Jackets held Chattanooga to a .043 hitting clip in the third set, while swinging at a .370 mark. Tech worked an evenly balanced attack with three Jackets recording four kills each. Freshman London Ackermann served the Jackets to a 9-2 lead. Tech found its rhythm and ended the set on a five-point run to win the match.
The Jackets wrap up the Georgia Tech Invitational Sunday, Sept. 1 against the College of Charleston. First serve is set for 1 p.m.