TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Georgia Tech volleyball (9-2) dropped just its second match of the season on Saturday afternoon in a 3-1 loss to Marshall (5-6). Freshman Mariana Brambilla was tabbed to the all-tournament team for the third-straight tournament.
Georgia Tech 1, Marshall 3
Tech came out of the gate hot, jumping to a 5-1 lead on a kill from junior Kodie Comby. Marshall called a timeout and used an 8-0 run to overtake the Jackets at 11-9. Tech called timeout and tied the set at 13-13. The teams traded points to a tie at 17-17 before Marshall pushed out to a four-point lead at 22-18. Tech brought it back within two at 22-20 with a kill from Brambilla and an attack error and the Thundering Herd called its second timeout. Marshall reached set point at 24-21 but the Jackets called a timeout and took three in a row to tie the set at 24-24 on a block from senior Lauren Frerking. The teams battled but the Thundering Herd prevailed to take the first set at 27-25.
Tech took another early lead in the second, using a block from Frerking and sophomore Cori Clifton to lead 9-5 as Marshall used a timeout. The Jackets pushed their lead to six at 12-6 on back-to-back kills from Brambilla. Marshall brought the score within two and Tech called a timeout with the lead at 15-12. The Thundering Herd put up two more to trail by one but a 3-0 run by the Jackets, sparked by a kill from Comby put Tech back ahead 18-14 and Marshall used its second timeout. The Jackets came out of that timeout with back-to-back kills from Brambilla to move the score to 20-14. Tech put away the set at 25-19 to tie the match at 1-1.
The Jackets led early in the third as a kill from Clifton put them up by five at 9-4. Marshall kept it close, bringing the score within one at 15-14 and Tech used a timeout. The Thundering Herd took a two-point edge over the Jackets at 19-17 and Tech called its second timeout. Marshall pushed out to a four-point lead but the Jackets kept battling but the Thundering Herd closed out the set at 25-20 for the 2-1 lead.
The fourth set was the closest yet. The teams traded points to a tie at 15-15 before Marshall took a three-point lead at 18-15. Tech brought it within one at 19-18 on back-to-back attack errors but the Thundering Herd pushed back out to lead 21-18. Marshall reached set point at 24-22 but Tech added a point on a kill from sophomore Kendall Wilson to bring it back within one. The Jackets were unable to pull off the comeback and they dropped just their second match of the season at 25-23.
The Jackets return to O’Keefe to host in-state rival Georgia and SEC foe Arkansas as part of the Georgia Tech Classic on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15. Tech will face off against the Bulldogs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra before taking on Arkansas on Saturday at 4 p.m.
- Freshman Mariana Brambilla recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 19 kills and 17 digs.
- Brambilla matched her career high in kills.
- The Jackets had three players register double-digit kills: Brambilla, Wilson and Comby.
- Freshman Matti McKissock tallied her third double-double of the season with 33 assists and 15 digs.