DURHAM, N.C. – Georgia Tech volleyball (13-8, 2-6 ACC) avenged the losses from the 2017 season with a 3-1 victory over Duke (9-8, 3-5) in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Georgia Tech 3, Duke 1
The Jackets fell behind early in the first set but kept it close, never trailing by more than five. The Jackets used a 4-0 run, brought on by three-straight kill from freshman Mikaila Dowd, to come within one at 13-12. Tech tied the set at 14-14 on an attack error but the Blue Devils snuck back ahead and the Jackets called timeout trailing 18-15. Duke moved the score to 20-15 before a kill from sophomore Cori Clifton got the Jackets going again. Freshman Mariana Brambilla followed up a kill with a service ace to bring Tech within two at 21-19 and the Blue Devils called timeout. Another kill from Dowd brought Tech within one and a huge kill from junior Kodie Comby tied the set at 22-22, inciting Duke to call timeout. Dowd slammed another kill off the block to give Tech its first lead of the match and Comby gave the Jackets set point at 24-22. Comby give Tech the set with another kill at 25-22 for the 1-0 lead. Tech finished the set on a 5-0 run. Dowd tallied eight kills in the first set.
The Blue Devils bounced back in the second, cruising to a 9-4 lead and Tech called its first timeout of the set. Duke pushed its lead to eight but the Jackets battled back within five at 16-11. Duke moved the score to 19-12 and the Jackets used their second timeout. Freshman Maddie Tippett sandwiched a service ace between two kills from Brambilla to string together three in a row for the Jackets and bring Tech within three at 20-17. A kill from Brambilla sparked a 5-0 run for Tech, overtaking the Blue Devils at 22-21 and Duke called a timeout. A block from sophomore Dominique Washington and Comby gave Tech set point at 25-24 and Comby threw up a solo block to take the set at 26-24 for the 2-0 advantage.
The teams kept the third set close. The score was tied at 10-10 before the Blue Devils took the edge and Tech called a timeout trailing 14-11. Tech fought its way back to tie the set at 17-17 on a solo block from Dowd and overtake the Blue Devils with another block off the hands of senior Lauren Frerking and Washington. Duke called a timeout but Dowd tallied her 16th kill coming out of the timeout to keep Tech ahead. Duke used a 3-0 run to take back the lead and Tech called its second timeout with the score at 20-19. Tech tied the set at 21-21 on Dowd’s second solo block but Duke snuck back ahead. The Blue Devils took set point at 24-22 and forced a fourth set at 25-23.
The fourth set was another close one, trading points to a tie at 10-10 before Duke pulled ahead by two. The Jackets went on a 5-0 run to take over the lead a 15-12, four points with freshman Kayla Kaiser at the service line. The Blue Devils battled back within one but Tech pushed back out to lead 18-14 on a service ace from sophomore Sam Knapp and Duke called timeout. The Blue Devils kept battling but Tech stayed ahead, leading 23-18 and the Blue Devils used their final timeout of the set. Brambilla gave the Jackets set point at 24-19 and Tech took the fourth set at 25-20 on Dowd’s 20th kill to complete the win.
The Jackets are on the road again next weekend, heading to Florida State and Miami. Tech takes on the Seminoles on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. before facing off against the Hurricanes on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
- Mikaila Dowd had a career-high two solo blocks.
- Dowd tallied her sixth double-double with 20 kills and 12 digs.
- Mariana Brambilla recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 17 kills and 10 digs.
- Matti McKissock finished with her sixth double-double with 45 assists and 10 digs.
- McKissock’s 45 assists were a career high for the freshman.
- Dominique Washington had a career-high four blocks.