SOUTH BEND, Ind. – With three Jackets with double-digit kills, Georgia Tech volleyball (8-7, 1-3 ACC) fell to Notre Dame (11-3, 4-0) 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in Purcell Pavilion.
How it happened:
The two squads came out of the gate trading points until the Fighting Irish made a 4-0 run to lead 11-5 and the Jackets called a timeout. Tech fought back to come within three at 11-8 on a kill from freshman Julia Bergmann. Another 4-0 run but the Irish put Notre Dame ahead 15-8 and from there the set was out of reach. The Jackets were only able to stay within five at 18-13 on a kill from sophomore Mikaila Dowd before the Irish closed out the set with a 7-1 run for the 1-0 lead at 25-14.
Tech bounced back in the second set, taking the first lead at 6-4 on a kill from Bergmann. The Jackets kept rolling, moving the score to 11-6 as sophomore Mariana Brambilla landed a kill for the Yellow Jackets. Notre Dame clawed its way back into the set, coming within one at 13-12 and the Jackets signaled for a timeout. The Irish tied it at 13-13 and 14-14 but a 4-0 run brought on by three kills from Dowd put Tech ahead 18-14. The Jackets held onto the lead this time and evened the score at 25-18 in the second on a kill from Brambilla.
The Fighting Irish stole back the momentum in the third, leading 15-10 at the media timeout. Notre Dame stayed ahead, keeping its lead and the Jackets called its first timeout trailing 20-15. The Irish took two more coming out of that timeout and Tech used its second of the set with the score at 22-15. The Jackets weren’t able to get anything to swing their way and Notre Dame took back the lead at 2-1 at 25-15 in the third.
Notre Dame kept at it in the fourth, taking an 8-4 lead and the Jackets used their first timeout early to try to slow the Irish’s momentum. The Jackets managed to turn the tide with a block from sophomore Kayla Kaiser and freshman Erin Moss to spark a 7-1 run to overtake the Fighting Irish at 14-13 on a block from senior Kodie Comby and sophomore Matti McKissock. The teams traded points to a tie at 21-21 on a kill by Dowd. The Fighting Irish snuck ahead to take match point at 24-21 but Tech took two in a row to come within one at 24-23 as Comby muscled a kill off the block. Comby notched another kill to knot the set at 24-24 but the Irish took the next two for the win at 26-24.
The Jackets have a quick turnaround, heading to Clemson, S.C. for a midweek showdown with the Tigers on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. on ACC Network.
- Dowd led all players with 18 kills.
- Dowd’s 18 kills were a season high for the sophomore.
- Bergmann tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 12 digs.
- Three Jackets recorded double-digit kills with Dowd, (18), Comby (12) and Bergmann (10).
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