Oct. 23, 2015
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team (13-8, 4-5 ACC) fell in four sets to North Carolina (10-8, 7-2) Friday night. The Yellow Jackets drew a sellout crowd to O’Keefe Gym and honored their alumni in the intermission on Alumni Night.
How it Happened
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the first set, but the Tar Heels worked back into the match. Tied 18-18, North Carolina went on a 4-1 run to take a 22-19 lead. The Tar Heels held on to capture the opening game, 25-22.
Ashley Askin put down three kills in a row to give Georgia Tech a 10-3, and the Jackets poured it on by going on an 11-4 run to take a 21-7 lead. Georgia Tech kept North Carolina in the single digits, winning 25-8.
North Carolina regrouped and, although the Yellow Jackets held off set point three times, won game three 25-19. The momentum stayed with the Tar Heels, who captured the fourth set, 25-18, and the match 3-1.
“I was really proud of the way we came out in games one and two,” head coach Michelle Collier said. “We were able in game one to get a good lead, and then we let that go. We were able to step up in game two and tactically we did everything we wanted to do and we played a great offensive match.
“We didn’t sustain that level, and to beat a team like that that’s what you need to do. We’ll pick it up and get ready for NC State.”
– Teegan Van Gunst led all players with 20 kills to go along with 17 digs for her 13th double-double this season. It marks back-to-back 20-kill performances by the junior, and her fifth-straight match with double-digit kills.
– Teegan hit .265 for the match, while Annika Van Gunst added eight kills, and Sydney Wilson and Ashley Askin had six kills apiece.
– London Ackermann put up double-figure (12) digs for the fourth-straight match.
The Yellow Jackets host NC State on Sunday at 3 p.m. The match will air on the ACC Regional Sport Networks and ESPN3, as well as on WREK 91.1 FM.
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