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Jackets Nearly Upset No. 2 Pitt on the Road

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – With three double-doubles and a 24-kill effort from freshman Julia Bergmann, Georgia Tech volleyball (16-8, 9-4 ACC) became just the third team to take two sets from No. 2 Pittsburgh (24-1, 13-0 ACC) this season, taking the Panthers to five on Friday night before falling 3-2. Tech’s eight-match winning streak came to an end.

How it happened:
The Panthers took the early lead in the first set but four kills from senior Kodie Comby kept the Jackets in it, trailing 15-12 at the media timeout. Pitt stayed ahead but Tech remained within striking distance, calling a timeout as the Panthers made it 21-16. The Jackets only recorded one more point before Pitt took the first set at 25-17.

The White and Gold bounced back in the second, storming to a 12-5 lead on a kill from sophomore Mikaila Dowd and Pittsburgh called for a timeout. The Panthers brought the score within four and Tech called for a timeout with the 14-10 lead. The Jackets moved the score back out to 17-11 on a block from Dowd and Pitt used up its second timeout. Tech stayed ahead, reaching set point at 24-17 on a kill from Bergmann. The Panthers added one more to their total before Bergmann took the set for the Jackets at 25-18 to even the score at 1-1.

Tech carried the momentum into the third, grabbing an early lead at 9-6 on a block from sophomore Matti McKissock and Comby. The Panthers came back to knot the set at 9-9 but the Jackets pushed back out to lead 17-13 on back-to-back kills from Bergmann and an attack error by the Panthers who in turn called a timeout. A kill from Dowd pushed the lead to five but Pitt came back within two at 18-16 and the Jackets called a timeout. The Panthers tied it up at 19-19 before moving ahead by one and Tech called a timeout trailing 20-19. The Jackets put up one more point at 21-20 on a kill from Bergmann but the Panthers stayed ahead to take the set at 25-20 and lead 2-1.

The fourth set was another close one. Tech took a short lead at 7-5 on a kill from Comby but Pitt knotted it at 8-8. The Jackets went ahead again but once again the Panthers came back to tie it and take a one-point edge. Tech knotted the score at 14-14 on a kill from sophomore Mariana Brambilla before the Panthers notched another point to force the media timeout at 15-14. The teams traded points to a tie at 19-19 before the Panthers snuck ahead by two and Tech called timeout trailing 21-19. The Jackets knotted the score at 22-22 on an attack error before using a block from Comby and Dowd to lead 23-22 and Pitt called timeout. Tech reached set point at 24-22 on an attack error and the Panthers used their second timeout. Pitt put up one more point but Comby put down a kill for the Jackets for the 25-23 victory to force a decisive fifth set. The Jackets are the only ACC team to take two sets from Pittsburgh this season.

The Panthers took the early lead in the fifth and Tech called a timeout trailing 7-4. The Jackets brought it back within on back-to-back kills from Dowd to make it 7-6. Comby tied the set at 8-8 before combining with junior Grace Rigsbee on the block to put the Jackets ahead 9-8. Pitt took three in a row to overtake the Jackets and Tech called timeout trailing 11-9. The Jackets fought back to tie the score at 13-13 on a kill from Dowd and Pitt called its first timeout. The Panthers took the next two points to take the set at 15-13 for the 3-2 win.

Up next:
The Jackets close out the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 10 when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on the Cavaliers for a 1 p.m. first serve.

Tech Tidbits:

  • Tech’s win in the second was only the second set the Panthers lost in conference play.
  • Tech is the only team in the ACC to win a set against the Panthers in Pittsburgh this season.
  • It was the first time this season an opponent recorded more kills than Pitt.
  • Tech became just the third team to take the Panthers to five this season.
  • Brambilla recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 15 kills and 17 digs.
  • Brambilla’s 17 digs were a season high.
  • Bergmann recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 24 kills and 15 digs.
  • Bergmann’s 24 kills were a career high for the freshman.
  • Dowd recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs.

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