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No. 11 Tech Outmatches No. 12 Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 11 Georgia Tech volleyball bested a top-15 Big Ten foe for a third straight match with a 3-1 triumph (25-22, 24-26, 25-18, 25-20) over No. 12 Ohio State on Saturday night in the Covelli Center.

The Yellow Jackets (4-0) defeated the Buckeyes (3-2) for the second time in as many days as they earned three straight top-15 wins for the first time in program history. Just four matches into the season, Tech’s 2023 squad becomes the fourth in school history to earn at least three ranked wins in a single season. Of those four, only the 2003 and 2021 teams join this season’s unit in garnering at least three top-15 victories on the year.

Mirroring the first match against the Buckeyes, the Yellow Jackets used significant advantages in hitting percentage (.212-.127) and blocks (10-5) to cruise to victory.

Freshman outside hitter Larissa Mendes led the White and Gold with her first collegiate double double by way of 16 kills and 14 digs, while senior pin Bianca Bertolino followed close behind with 13 kills and nine digs. Defensively, three Jackets added four or more blocks in Liv Mogridge (one solo, four assisted), DeAndra Pierce (four assisted) and Bella D’Amico (one solo, three assisted). D’Amico also ran the point with 41 assists and eight digs, while Mogridge was Tech’s most efficient attacker with nine kills at a .533 clip. Both of the White and Gold’s dig leaders tied career marks in the category as well as Tamara Otene chalked up 17 while Paola Pimentel piled on 23.

No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. No. 12 Ohio State

September 2, 2023 (Tyler Rover)

How it Happened

Georgia Tech got the ball rolling early in the first set by taking a 4-1 lead, but Ohio State wasted no time turning the tables with a rally to move in front, 14-9. The Yellow Jackets battled back from there, taking 10 of the next 12 points thanks to bursts of three and five points to slide back into the lead, 19-16. Although the Buckeyes would draw within one at 23-22, the White and Gold never surrendered the lead as Mogridge clinched set one’s final two points with a block and a kill for a 25-22 Tech victory.

The Yellow Jackets took another early lead to start the second set, racing ahead 5-2 and later building up the advantage to 12-7. Ohio State would knot the match at 13 and again at 16 before Tech used a three-point run to regain control with a 22-18 lead. Staring down a 2-0 set deficit, the Buckeyes kicked into high gear, claiming eight of the final 10 points to sneak away with a 26-24 set two win and even the match at 1 all.

The third set was tightly contested early as neither side managed to separate by more than two until a three-point burst for the Jackets resulted in a 20-16 advantage for the visiting side. Georgia Tech refused to relent from there, shortly after taking five of the final six points to earn a 25-18 set-three win and a 2-1 match lead.

Despite a couple of three-point flurries from the Yellow Jackets, the fourth set wasn’t separated by more than two points until Tech took control at the 20-point mark. The White and Gold put a stamp on their statement win by taking five of the final six points to secure a 25-20 triumph in set four and a 3-1 match victory for the books.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will continue its road conquest for the third consecutive week, heading to the Florida A&M Tournament hosted by the namesake Rattlers Sept. 8-10 in Tallahassee, Fla.

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