Oct. 5, 2013
THE FLATS – Fresh off a 3-1 upset against No. 18 Florida State, the Georgia Tech volleyball team (7-9, 1-3 ACC) fell to the Miami Hurricanes (11-3, 4-0) in four sets (25-21, 19-25, 20-25, 18-25) Saturday.
“This game is about serving and passing,” head coach Tonya Johnson said. “We didn’t pass very well tonight and therefore, we couldn’t get our middles involved the way we wanted to. We didn’t serve very well after the first set and never got them out of system. It kept them in rhythm for the rest of the match.
“I give credit to Miami. Offensively they were in rhythm because we didn’t serve very aggressively. In this game, the serve and pass game is so vital to rally score volleyball that we need to learn to be aggressive with both of those.”
Georgia Tech had seven service errors to one ace, while the Hurricanes tallied 11 errant serves to go along with eight aces.
In the first set, the Jackets claimed the lead on the second point and never looked back .Tech put up a .286 hitting percentage and held the Hurricanes to a .100 hitting clip to win the set 25-21.
Miami found its rhythm in the second set and used that momentum to take a 19-11 lead. The Jackets went to work and three-straight kills by Percy to put the Jackets within five. Another six-point rally made it a one-point game, 20-19, but the Hurricanes countered with five-straight to win, 25-19.
The ‘Canes held Tech to .091 and .172 hitting percentages in sets three and four, respectively. The Jackets stuck with Miami in the third game until the Hurricanes strung together four points to capture the set, 25-20. Miami took the lead and ran with it in the fourth set to win, 25-18.
The Jackets are back in action Wednesday at Clemson. First serve is set for 7 p.m.