Oct. 16, 2008
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech will hit the road for the first of back-to-back weekends away from Atlanta when it travels to Maryland and Boston College for a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference matches Friday and Sunday. The Yellow Jackets (12-5, 4-3 ACC) and Terrapins (5-14, 1-6 ACC) square off at 7 p.m. Friday in College Park, and Tech will take on the Eagles (6-13, 0-7 ACC) Sunday at 1 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Jackets typically play two conference opponents every weekend and have split their last six league matches, going 1-1 in each of the last three weekends. Looking for its first sweep since capturing the Clemson Classic in late September, Tech will meet the 11th (Maryland) and 12th (Boston College) place teams in the league standings this week.
Game Coverage: Gametracker for both matches can be found at ww.ramblinwreck.com.
Tech vs. the Opponents (Maryland leads Tech, 25-21, Tech leads BC, 6-2)
The Yellow Jackets are 21-25 all-time against Maryland, and 8-5 against the Terrapins under head coach Bond Shymanksy. Georgia Tech has struggled in matches played in College Park, posting just a 6-14 record against the Terrapins on their home court, and will be looking to snap its three-match losing streak at Comcast Center Pavilion this weekend. The two teams have split the season series each of the last three years, with Maryland winning the last match, 3-2, in Tech’s final match of the 2007 season.
Tech has fared better against Boston College though and enters the weekend with a 6-2 edge in the series against the Eagles. The Jackets are 4-2 against the Eagles under Shymansky, and enter this weekend’s match having won each of the last three matches between the two teams. Boston College is 2-1 all-time against Georgia Tech in Chestnut Hill, with the only loss coming on the final weekend of the 2007 season by a 3-2 score.
Tech to Host Virginia Tech on Volleyballoween, Virginia for Gold Out
In two weeks, when the Jackets return to Atlanta from their four-match road swing, Georgia Tech will host its first-annual Volleyballoween at O’Keefe Gym when the Hokies come to town. The volleyball team hopes to have the entire gym decked out in Halloween costumes, and the players will have the facility decorated to welcome to Hokies and former Yellow Jacket All-American Jayme Gergen back to town. There will be candy given out at the door to all who enter dressed for the event, as well as multiple chances throughout the match to obtain more goodies. Fans will also have the chance to win Georgia Tech volleyball gear and other prizes throughout the Volleyballoween match.
The following night, Tech will host Virginia for “Gold Out,” where the Jackets hope to have all fans in attendance dressed in gold for the match against the Cavaliers. Start time for the match is still TBA, but will be announced Monday when Tech’s football game time against Florida State (which is also Nov. 1) is released by the ACC Office.
Jackets Net $2,680 in 2008 Dig for the Cure Event
Georgia Tech raised over $1,500 in donations and pledges on its “Dig for the Cure” night and added to the total by auctioning off the specially-designed pink jerseys that the team wore for the match. Overall, the Yellow Jackets raised $2,680 this season for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, an organization that raises funds to fight the cause of breast cancer, bringing the three-year total to more than $15,000 donated by fans, parents, and coworkers on Tech’s behalf.
Tech on the Tube
SportSouth is broadcasting the Yellow Jackets’ home matches against Michigan, Florida State and Duke on a tape-delay basis this season. The remaining match air date is as follows:
Oct. 10 v. DU, 7 p.m. – to air 10/18, 1 p.m.; 10/22, 8 p.m.