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Jackets Sweep N.C. State Volleyball, 3-0

Oct. 14, 2006

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ATLANTA – Callie Miller had 10 kills while hitting .500 to lead Georgia Tech (10-8, 2-6 ACC) to its second-straight 3-0 (30-20, 30-22, 30-18) victory in as many nights as the Yellow Jackets defeated N.C. State (2-16, 0-9 ACC) Saturday at O’Keefe Gymnasium.

“Finishing off the weekend with back-to-back sweeps is rewarding for our team and a great reminder that hard work pays off,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bond Shymansky. “Our serving and passing continues to improve, which allows our offense to operate with higher efficiency.”

Miller had 10 kills in 16 attempts and also recorded two blocks and a dig in the Yellow Jacket victory, while Lindsey Gray and Ulrike Stegemann recorded eight and seven kills, respectively.

Gray led Tech’s defense, recording eight digs against the Pack, while Michelle Kandell and Allie Niekamp added seven apiece. Niekamp ran the Yellow Jacket offense, posting 36 assists on the night.

Lindsey Gray had a great match, and is becoming a spark plug for our offense, while Ulli Stegemann was completely devastating with her offense tonight,” added Shymansky. “Allie Niekamp is really starting to take ownership of this team, and we got great contribution from everybody on our squad.”

The Jackets jumped on N.C. State early, winning the first six points of the match off a trio of errors by the Wolfpack, a pair of service aces by senior libero Abby Showers and a kill by Stegemann. After N.C. State pulled to within four points at 8-4, Tech won five of the next six points to take a commanding 13-5 lead, and the Jackets finished off the first game by earning six of the final seven points to win, 30-20. Tech hit .414 while recording a total of four service aces in the game.

Leading by just two points in the second game, the Yellow Jackets went on a 9-1 run to take a 16-6 lead midway through. The Pack would pull within five points late at 27-22, but the Jackets finished by winning the final three points to take game two, 30-22. N.C. State hit just .028, finishing with 13 kills and 12 errors, while Tech hit .281 and was led by Niekamp, who had three kills on four attempts.

Tech made quick work of the Wolfpack in the third game, winning 10 of the first 13 points before finishing 30-18. The Jackets hit a blistering .533 in the game and recorded sideouts on 15 of 19 opportunities (78%) to finish off the sweep of N.C. State

The Yellow Jackets will return to action in the state of Virginia next weekend when they face the Virginia Tech Hokies Friday at 7 p.m. in Blacksburg before traveling to Charlottesville to meet the University of Virginia at 5 p.m. Saturday. Livestats for both matches will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

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