Nov. 4, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Led by Monique Mead, who notched her third-straight 20-kill game, the Georgia Tech volleyball team (14-11, 7-7 ACC) bounced back from a first set loss to down Boston College 3-1 for their 10th straight victory over the Eagles (7-18, 3-11).
Mead registered 22 kills on the night also adding 12 digs to record her 10th double-double of the season. It was also the 12th time this year that Mead has topped the 20-kill mark in a single game.
Behind Mead’s kills, Kaleigh Colson notched 41 assists, the third straight game she has reached the 40-assist mark and the fourth time in the last five games that she has accomplished the feat. Colson also had a double-double on the night tallying a team high 17 digs for the Jackets.
“I thought we showed a lot of poise tonight after losing the first set,” said head coach Tonya Johnson. “We responded and took control of the match. There are certainly areas that we could have been better in and will need to be better in heading into Sunday’s match against a very good Maryland team.”
The Yellow Jackets started off slow dropping the first set to the Eagles. BC led the entire time, eventually earning the 25-19 win. The Eagles started things off with a 3-0 advantage thanks to serving by Courtney Castle and built on that lead later in the set as Castle returned to the serving stripe to boost the lead to 11-7 and later 23-18. Mead led the Jackets offensively registering seven of her 22 kills in the first set while Tsvetelina Dureva got eight of her own for the Eagles.
Tech rebounded in set two with a 25-18 victory of their own behind four kills each by Mead and Quinn Evans. It was Tech that jumped out quickly but had a little back-and-forth action before solidifying the victory thanks to the serving of Susan Carlson. As Carlson took to the service line, Tech had the slight 21-18 victory, but four straight serves, including an ace, a block by Evans and Mead and a kill by Mead helped the Jackets to earn the win.
Set three wasn’t even close. BC got out to a quick 4-1 lead but Tech bounced back and rattled off five straight points with Carlson serving, six-straight points with Evans serving, four points in a row with Mead at the helm and three more consecutive points behind the serving of Zoey Morton to take the 25-14 victory. Tech’s offense was on fire during the game as Mead had four kills while Ivona Kolak chipped in three of her own.
Set four was a battle and Boston College wasn’t going to go out with a fight, but the Jackets edged them out for the 25-21 victory and the win. Mead went off adding another seven kills to her total while Kolak and Alexis Woodson each added three.
The Jackets will be back in action Sunday as they continue their road trip in College Park against the Maryland Terrapins. The game will begin at 2 p.m.