Sep 7, 2013
|Georgia Tech Volleyball at the Sheraton Airport Lobo Classic|
|Where||Albuquerque, N.M. | Johnson Center|
|Match 4||Idaho State 3, Georgia Tech 0 – Box Score|
|Match 5||Georgia Tech 3, UC Riverside 1 –Box Score|
|Match 6||New Mexico 3, Georgia Tech 1 –Box Score|
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Georgia Tech volleyball team (3-3) fell to New Mexico (5-1) in four sets, 3-1 (17-25, 25-16, 25-27, 23-25) in Saturday’s finale of the Sheraton Airport Lobo Classic. Seniors Ivona Kolak and Jennifer Percy led Georgia Tech with 13 and 12 kills, respectively.
Percy recorded a .216 hitting percentage and average 2.82 kills per set on the weekend en route to being named to the all-tournament team.
Georgia Tech out-blocked New Mexico 14-4 in the match, but the Lobos came out and set the tempo early. In set one, New Mexico went on a series of runs, including a five-point run to make the score 7-4, and a six-point rally to extend its lead 18-9. The Lobos stayed in rhythm for the remainder of the set and won, 25-17.
The Yellow Jackets took control of the second set, jumping out to a 6-2 lead and never letting the Lobos put more than three points up in a row. Tech held New Mexico to a .100 hitting percentage for the set and ended the frame on a six-point streak behind the serving of Kaleigh Colson and kills from Chanell-Clark-Bibbs and Percy.
Set three was a back and forth battle that featured five tied scores and three lead changes. The Lobos had the lead 10-5, but Georgia Tech chipped away to knot the score at 15. Teegan Van Gunst served the next three points to give the Jackets a slight advantage. The Jackets were poised at set-point 24-22, but the Lobos rallied and came back to win 27-25.
Although the score was knotted six times in the fourth game, the Lobos took the lead at 7-5 on a Georgia Tech attacking error and did not relinquish their lead for the rest of the set. With the score, 21-13, New Mexico waivered slightly as Tech put up five consecutive points to make it 21-18 and stayed with the Lobos to close the gap to one, 24-23. Following a New Mexico timeout, the Lobos put the match away on the next point with a 25-23 victory in set four.
The Jackets are back in action Friday, Sept. 13 when they host the Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic. Georgia Tech takes on St. John’s at 7 p.m. ET.