Aug. 22, 2015
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team took to the court to showcase its 2015 edition at the Gold/White Scrimmage in front a great crowd at O’Keefe Gymnasium on Saturday. The team signed autographs following the scrimmage.
“I think we’re making better decisions with the ball, especially with the sets that aren’t the best we are bettering the ball more,” head coach Michelle Collier said. “We’re less self-destructive then we were last year and that was good to see.
“We’re block better and playing better defense, so it was a good way to see them come out and play with a little more pressure than in just a regular practice and execute those things. We had less service errors, and we took care of the easy balls and made the routine plays look routine. So it was good to see.”
The team played a full five sets with the white team jumping out to win the first two sets (25-18, 25-20). The momentum swung in the Gold team’s favor in the third set as the Gold square won the next three sets (25-22, 25-16, 15-7) to take the match.
“I think that we have more depth, definitely more than we had last year at every position,” Collier said. “It was good to give everyone playing time on the right side and seeing what they can do and how can they help us. We moved players around, not just from one side to the other, but within positions from one, two, Annika Van Gunst played three positions on the court, so it was good to see the flexibility. It gives us more ways to try and beat our opponents.
“Teegan Van Gunst plays a very big role being an outside hitter. She is holding her own by making smarter plays and being able to stay in the game more even through errors. Her and Annika Van Gunst have grown up mentally and they understand the game a lot better. I think they’re doing better. I thought London Ackermann played great today. She was disciplined and did the things that we asked of her in practice. She got some good digs and was very consistent in serve receive, and that’s what we need out of the [libero] position. I think it’s great to see everyone more grown up and more mature.”
The Yellow Jackets kick off their 2015 home slate Aug. 28 when they host the Georgia Tech Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Midtown Invite, which includes Siena, Coastal Carolina, UT-Martin and The Citadel at O’Keefe Gym.
Season tickets are on sale for the 2015 season for just $45 for adults and $20 for youths (ages 18 and under) and seniors (ages 55 and older). Fans can order a season-ticket package online, here, or by calling the ticket office at 888-TECH-TIX.