Oct. 18, 2005
Freshman outside hitter Laura DeMichelis recorded a career-high 21 kills and hit a career-best .444 to lead the Georgia Tech volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-20, 32-30, 34-32) win over Clemson Tuesday night. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 11-7, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference while the Tigers falls to 9-8, 4-5 ACC.
“This is a good start for us tonight in an important week of volleyball for our team,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “Our freshman attack of Laura and Talisa was dynamite tonight and they both came up with key kills for us during the night. I have to give a lot of credit to our defense, not only with the digs that they made tonight, but their overall ball control which allowed Lindsey Laband to run an efficient offense. We’ve got two more key ACC matches this week so we’ll go back to the gym and hope to use some of the momentum from this match and carry it into this weekend.”
The Jackets used a balanced offensive attack to earn the victory as three players ended the night in double-figure kills. In addition to DeMichelis, Talisa Kellogg had 17 kills and hit .200 while Ulrike Stegemann ended the night with 14 kills and hitting .500. For the match, the Yellow Jackets finished the contest hitting .300 as Lindsey Laband tallied 51 assists in the three games.
Defensively, Tech outdug the Tigers 60 to 47. Three players ended the night with double-figure digs as Jennifer Randall posted a team-best 14 digs along with Kellogg and Lindsey Gray who each added 10 saves. In addition, Laband posted eight digs while Abby Showers recorded seven.
At the net, the Yellow Jackets out blocked Clemson, nine to eight. Nikki Kaminskas led Tech with five block assists while Kellogg recorded a career best three block solos and one block assist while Laband added three blocks in the match.
Clemson was led by Brittany Ross who posted 16 kills and hit .367 in the match while Anna Vallinch recorded a match-high 15 digs.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Friday when they host Virginia Tech (9-9, 4-5 ACC) Friday at 7 p.m. in O’Keefe Gymnasium.