LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Georgia Tech volleyball (17-14, 6-12 ACC) dropped its final match of the regular season 3-0 to Louisville (21-8, 13-4) on Friday evening.
Georgia Tech 0, Louisville 3
The Cardinals grabbed the first lead of the set and held on. With a five-point deficit, the Jackets took three in a row to come within two at 9-7 on a kill from freshman Matti McKissock. Louisville pushed back out to lead 12-8 and Tech called the first timeout of the set. Freshman Mariana Brambilla recorded a kill coming out of the timeout and McKissock followed up with a service ace to bring the tally back within two. The Cardinals went on a 5-0 run to lead 17-10 and the Jackets called their second timeout. Tech was able to bring the score back within four using a 5-2 run but the Cardinals held off the Jackets to take the set 25-18.
Tech bounced back to take an early 7-2 lead on a kill from freshman Mikaila Dowd and Louisville called timeout. The Jacket stayed ahead, moving their lead to six on a block from junior Kodie Comby and McKissock. The Cardinals fought back within three and with the lead at 12-9, Tech called its first timeout of the second set. The Jackets moved their lead to five at 15-10, winning a challenge that awarded a kill to Washington. Louisville once again battled back within one at 15-14 but the Jackets clung to their lead. A kill from senior Lauren Frerking put Tech up 21-17 and Louisville called its second timeout. Tech took set point at 24-20 on a kill from Brambilla but the Cardinals tallied five in a row to tie the set and overtake the Jackets 25-24. Battling to a tie at 26-26, Louisville took two in a row to win the set 28-26 and lead 2-0.
The third set was a close one, Tech took the early lead but the Cardinals kept within three points. With the Jackets leading 10-7 on a kill from Brambilla, Louisville took four in a row to steal the lead at 11-10 and Tech called timeout. The Cardinals made it a two-point game but a kill from Comby and a solo block by Dowd tied the set back up at 14-14. Louisville made a 4-0 run to lead 19-15 and Tech called its second timeout. The Jackets battled back within two at 21-19 on a kill from Brambilla and Louisville called timeout. Tech would get in two more points but the set belonged to the Cardinals and they finished out the set at 25-21 for the 3-0 win.
With a record above .500, the Jackets are eligible to compete in the NIVC and will wait for selection Sunday on Sunday, Nov. 25 to see if they make the cut for postseason.
- Matti McKissock recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 16 digs and 34 assists.
- McKissock’s 16 digs tied her career best.