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Jackets Headed Back to NCAA Tournament

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech volleyball (22-6, 13-4 ACC) has been selected as one of four national No. 5 seeds in the 2023 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, as announced by the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball committee during the selection show on Sunday.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, Nov. 30 | No. 5 Georgia Tech vs South Alabama | 4:30 p.m. | Exactech Arena | Gainesville, Fla.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30 | No. 4 Florida vs Florida Gulf Coast | 7 p.m. | Exactech Arena | Gainesville, Fla.
  • Friday, Dec. 1 | Winner of match 1 vs Winner of match 2 | 7 p.m. | Exactech Arena | Gainesville, Fla.

As one of 32 at-large selections amongst the 64-team field, the Yellow Jackets will head to Gainesville, Fla. for the opening round of the tournament. No. 4 seed Florida (18-9, 10-8 SEC) also hosts South Alabama (22-8, 12-4 SBC) and Florida Gulf Coast (26-6, 15-1 ASUN) at Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Making its 13th NCAA tournament appearance in program history, Georgia Tech will begin its tournament run against South Alabama in the First Round on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.. The winner of the match will advance to take on the winner of No. 4 Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Friday at 7 p.m. The victor will move on to regional play on Dec. 7 and 9 at one of four non-predetermined campus sites.

The White and Gold will now make a fourth straight tournament appearance for the first time since advancing to the Big Dance five consecutive years from 2000-04. The selection also marks the fourth NCAA Tournament berth for the Yellow Jackets under head coach Michelle Collier.

Tech is one of just 15 programs in Division I to have won at least one match in each of the last three NCAA Tournaments (2020-22). The Jackets are hoping to win a match in the tournament for the fourth year in a row this postseason, something never before accomplished in program history.

The 2023 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship will be held at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The national semifinals will be held on December 14, 2023. The two teams winning in the semifinals will advance and compete in the national championship which will take place December 17,2023.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

First round – Thursday, Nov. 30 – No. 5 Georgia Tech vs. South Alabama

Second round – Friday, Dec. 1

Regional semifinals – Thursday, Dec. 7

Regional finals – Saturday, Dec. 9

National semifinals – Thursday, Dec. 14 – ESPN

National Championship – Saturday, Dec. 16 – ABC

TECH IN THE TOURNAMENT

Georgia Tech’s selection to the 2023 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship marks the 13th appearance in program history. Tech’s first action in the Big Dance came in 1994 after winning the ACC regular season title. The Jackets would advance to the second round of the tournament that season and follow suit for the next pair of seasons. Tech reached the second round of the tournament after winning a second consecutive ACC regular season title as well as the ACC Tournament title in 1995 and placing second in the ACC in 1996. From 1999-2004, Georgia Tech reached five straight NCAA Tournaments, advancing as far as the Elite Eight in 2003 followed by the Sweet 16 in 2004. Over that span, the Jackets claimed three ACC regular season titles and one ACC Tournament title. Tech reached the first round of the tournament in 2009.

Most recently, the White and Gold advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2020 and followed with one of the two top finishes in program history, reaching the Elite Eight two seasons ago. The Jackets reached the 2nd round last season, tying a program record with wins in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The Jackets are 14-12 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with a 5-3 record under Michelle Collier.

Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2

Looking to build on the success of last year’s Competitive Drive Initiative, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech athletics are partnering once again to launch Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2. CDI Turn 2 has a goal of raising $2.5 million in new gifts to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund by Dec. 31, and Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Foundation will match eligible gifts to accelerate the impact for Tech athletics. Like last year, not only will gifts to CDI Turn 2 be matched, but so will the contributor’s benefits in the way of A-T Fund giving levels and priority points. To learn more and contribute online, visit atfund.org/turn2.

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