THE FLATS – Georgia Tech volleyball (12-7, 1-5 ACC) fell to Virginia Tech (12-5, 3-2) 3-0 on Friday night in O’Keefe Gymnasium to close out a four-match homestand.
Georgia Tech 0, Virginia Tech 3
The first set came out to a close start with the score tied at 7-7 until Virginia Tech broke ahead with a 6-0 run to lead 13-7. The Jackets battled back to pull within two at 16-14 and the Hokies called timeout. A kill from freshman Mikaila Dowd put the Jackets within one at 17-16. The Hokies stayed just ahead, using a service ace to lead at 22-19 and Georgia Tech called its second timeout. Two-straight points for the Jackets on kill from Dowd and freshman Mariana Brambilla brought the score 22-21 but the Hokies took the set at 25-23 for the 1-0 advantage.
The Jackets bounced back in the second set, jumping to a 7-3 lead on a block from junior Kodie Comby and freshman Matti McKissock. Virginia Tech battled back, taking four in a row to tie the set at 7-7. The Hokies took over the lead but the Jackets tied it up at 10-10 on a kill from senior Lauren Frerking. Georgia Tech went back up by three to lead at 15-12 and Virginia Tech called timeout. The Hokies brought it back within one at 16-15 and the Jackets called a timeout to stop the run. Virginia Tech tied the set at 17-17 but a kill from sophomore Dominique Washington put the Jackets back ahead. The teams tied again at 21-21 before the Hokies snuck ahead to take the second set at 25-22.
The teams came out trading points in the third set, tying their way to a score of 5-5. Virginia Tech broke ahead, leading 10-6 and the Jackets called timeout. Georgia Tech came out of the timeout with a 3-0 run to bring the score to 10-9. The Jackets kept at it, tying the set at 12-12 on a kill from Dowd. Virginia Tech went back ahead at 16-13 and the White and Gold used its second timeout. The Jackets couldn’t battle back and the Hokies took the set at 25-15 to win 3-0.
The Jackets hit the road next weekend, kicking off a four-match road swing at Wake Forest and Duke. Tech plays in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 before playing in Durham on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.
- Lauren Frerking recorded a career-high nine kills.
- Mikaila Dowd led the team in kills with 11.