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No. 12 Jackets Prepare for Season Finale at No. 7 Louisville

THE FLATS – No. 12 Georgia Tech volleyball (22-5, 13-4 ACC) will play in its final regular season match on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at No. 7 Louisville (23-4, 14-3 ACC) inside L&N Federal Credit Union Arena in Louisville, Ky. The Jackets will have an opportunity to earn their third Top 10 victory of the season.

Coverage

  • Wednesday, Nov. 22 | No. 12 Georgia Tech at No. 7 Louisville | 5 p.m. | ACC Network Extra | Watch | Live Stats

Storylines

  • The Jackets are ranked No. 12 in the latest Poll, earning a spot in the Top 25 for the 68th consecutive week dating back to the 2020 season.
  • Georgia Tech has beaten two Top 10 opponents in the same season for the first time in program history (No. 8 Penn State and No. 3 Louisville). Four of Tech’s seven all-time wins over Top 10 teams have come in the last three seasons.
  • The Yellow Jackets boast one of the top defenses in the nation, leading the ACC with 14.80 digs/set.
  • Tech’s 14.80 digs/set is the sixth highest among Power 5 defenses and the best among the ACC, despite playing four matches against Top 10 nationally ranked offenses: Pitt (twice), Florida State and Louisville.
  • Otene has made 293 digs this season, the third most by a Power 5 hitter and the most among pins in the ACC.
  • Pimentel has been leading the Tech back row with 4.20 digs/set this year, 3rd in the ACC. She is averaging 3.62 digs/set over her career, on pace for the second-best average in program history.
  • Bianca Bertolino is averaging .60 aces/set – the highest in the Power 5 and third highest in Division I. That average would set a new ACC record for aces/set in the modern scoring era – no ACC player has had over .60 aces/set in a season since 2007.
  • She is 4 aces away from tying the GT record for aces in a single season (modern scoring era), set back in 2019 by Julia Bergmann.
  • Bertolino is the only player in Power 5 to have 300+ kills, 250+ digs and 50+ aces this season.
  • Six Jackets come from outside the United States. International players accounting for 81.2% of the teams digs (1,161), 76.3% of the aces (119), 69.6% of the kills (894), 47.7% of the assists (562) and 42.2% of the blocks (76.0) up to this point in the season.
  • The next road win will be the 11th of the season for Tech, the most in a season since 2004 (12).
  • Tech has played half of its sets without starting middle blocker, Liv Mogridge (injured from Oct. 1 – Nov. 10). Mogridge is hitting .440 in 15 matches with .30 aces/set and 1.06 blocks/set. Her hitting percentage would be sixth highest in the nation. She made eight kills on .636 hitting in her first start since returning from injury, last match vs. Syracuse.
  • With a win, the Jackets will have earned their third win over team ranked in the RPI Top 25 ahead of Sunday’s NCAA Tournament Selection show.

Series Notes: vs. Louisville

  • This will be the 20th all-time meeting between Georgia Tech and Louisville.
  • The Jackets are looking for their first road win in the series.
  • Tech has won at least one set against the Cardinals in each of the last four meetings, including a four-set win in their last meeting earlier this month. It was the highest ranked home win in program history for the Jackets and the most significant win of the season in terms of NCAA Tournament implications.
  • Georgia Tech is hoping to defeat Louisville for the second time this season, something never before accomplished in program history.

Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2

Looking to build on the success of last year’s Competitive Drive Initiative, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech athletics are partnering once again to launch Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2. CDI Turn 2 has a goal of raising $2.5 million in new gifts to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund by Dec. 31, and Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Foundation will match eligible gifts to accelerate the impact for Tech athletics. Like last year, not only will gifts to CDI Turn 2 be matched, but so will the contributor’s benefits in the way of A-T Fund giving levels and priority points. To learn more and contribute online, visit atfund.org/turn2.

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