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No. 11 Tech Faces Florida Foes to Open Four-Match Homestand

THE FLATS No. 11 Georgia Tech volleyball (14-2, 5-1 ACC) will return home to begin a four-match homestand over the weekend, hosting Florida State (12-6, 6-0 ACC) on Friday at 7 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend against Miami (11-5, 4-2 ACC) on Sunday at 1 p.m., both in O’Keefe Gymnasium.

Coverage

  • Friday, Oct. 13 | No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. Florida State | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra | WatchLive Stats
  • Sunday, Oct. 15 | No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. Miami | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra | WatchLive Stats

Parking

Standard parking will be available in the McCamish, East O’Keefe and Family Housing lots.

Promotions

Friday’s match will serve as this season’s Think Pink match for breast cancer awareness. There will be a pink “Point Tech” shirt giveaway for students while supplies last, and the team will wear pink uniforms. On Sunday, there will be a post-match autograph session shortly after the conclusion of play.

Storylines

  • Georgia Tech was ranked No. 11 in the latest AVCA DI Coaches Poll.
  • The Jackets’ 11-spot for a third straight week ties the eighth highest ranking in program history alongside the squads from 2003 and 2022.
  • The White and Gold have been listed in 62 straight top 25 polls dating back to 2020, reaching as high as No. 5 during that time, the highest for the program since 2003 and second-best mark all time.
  • Tech is currently No. 12 in the NCAA RPI. The Yellow Jackets reached as high as No. 10 in the season’s first RPI.
  • The White and Gold have played out five sets in each of their last three matches, most recently toping Virginia on the road.
  • Senior outside hitter Tamara Otene became the 13th Yellow Jacket in program history to join the 20/20 double double club (kills/digs) in the 3-2 victory over Virginia as she piled up 20 kills and 21 digs. The New Zealand native also charted her highest kill output donning White and Gold with a 23-kill outing plus 13 digs against then No. 7 Pitt. Turning in a pair of double doubles with 20+ kill outings in each match, Otene totaled 43 kills and 34 digs on the weekend.
  • Freshman setter Heloise Soares set a career-high of 45 assists and 13 digs for her first collegiate double double against the Cavaliers.
  • Coach Michelle Collier achieved her 100th career win in ACC play with a victory over NC State and her 101st at Virginia Tech, becoming the all-time program leader in conference wins as she’s now up to 103 league triumphs.
  • Collier is into her 10th season leading the Jackets as she’s also the second winningest coach overall in program history with 187 total victories.
  • Tech owns five total ACC weekly awards this season as freshman setter Heloise Soares was most recently named ACC Freshman of the week, freshman right side hitter Larissa Mendes owns two ACC Co-Freshman of the Week awards of her own, senior outside hitter Tamara Otene has been awarded ACC Offensive Player of the Week and senior libero Paola Pimentel has once been named ACC Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Junior outside hitter Bianca Bertolino has been a weapon from the service line with 39 aces to top the ACC and land third in the NCAA. The Argentinian also leads the league and places fourth in the nation in aces per set (0.65).
  • Sophomore middle blocker Liv Mogridge has been one of the most efficient attackers in the country, owning a 0.448 hitting percentage to place third in the ACC and sixth in the NCAA.
  • Pimentel has been all over the floor, racking up 252 digs for 4.20 digs per set to land fourth in the conference in both.
  • Georgia Tech furthers league play amongst the top three in the ACC in five major categories – fronting the conference in digs per set (15.53), second in the ACC in aces per set (1.78), second the league and 21st in the nation in opponent hitting percentage (0.161), third in the ACC and 24th in the NCAA in kills per set (13.75) and third in the league in assists per set (12.47).
  • The Yellow Jackets set the program attendance record of 5,303 against Georgia in McCamish Pavilion earlier this season.
  • Tech highlighted its nonconference schedule by earning the third-highest ranked victory in program history over then No. 8 Penn State and a pair of 3-1 wins over previous No. 12 Ohio State.
  • The three-consecutive top-15 triumphs marked the first such streak in school history.
  • Going beyond 2019’s NIVC title, Tech has won 93 of its last 115 matches.

Series Notes

  • Georgia Tech leads Florida State 37-22 in the all-time series. Most recently sweeping the Seminoles at home, the Jackets have won the last seven matches dating back to 2019, the five of which were played in O’Keefe. The longest streaks for the White and Gold came from 1993-96 and 2002-05 when Tech took eight straight matches. Tech currently leads the series 22-10 at home, 13-12 on the road and 2-0 in neutral matches.
  • Georgia Tech currently trails Miami 18-13 in the all-time series. The Jackets won the last meeting on The Flats, 3-1, back in 2021.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will wrap up its four-match homestand against a pair of rivals in North Carolina, taking on Duke on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. and facing North Carolina on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m., both in O’Keefe Gymnasium.

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