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No. 13 Jackets Best Orange for Historic Night

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 13 Georgia Tech volleyball overpowered Syracuse on its home floor for a 3-1 victory (23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19) on Friday night in Syracuse, N.Y. The win marked the first road triumph for the Jackets over the Orange in program history as Tech claimed its fifth straight ACC match and eighth straight true road victory.

Senior setter Matti McKissock and junior outside hitter Julia Bergmann highlighted the night for the Jackets, both achieving historic milestones. McKissock orchestrated the Jacket attack through the night as she tallied 56 assists in the match, becoming Georgia Tech’s leader in career assists through the 25-point rally scoring era and moving to fifth in Yellow Jacket history in career assists with 3,541 to date. Bergmann, meanwhile, aided senior right-side hitter Mariana Brambilla in driving the Tech offense with 20 kills to surpass 1,000 career kills, totaling 1,006 following the match.

Brambilla had a strong night in her own right, tying her season high and leading the match with 23 kills to go with eight digs and a pair of blocks. Defensively, freshman outside hitter Bianca Bertolino added a strong presence to the “Killer B’s” as she led the match with 17 digs on top of her six kills through the night.

Georgia Tech (16-3, 7-2 ACC) nearly bested Syracuse (14-7, 3-6 ACC) across the stat sheet, holding the advantage in kills (69-53), hitting percentage (.327-.309), assists (63-48), digs (48-37) and aces (3-1).

The Yellow Jackets are now a perfect 8-0 in true road matches and 6-0 away from The Flats in ACC play. Georgia Tech has won 48 of its last 57 matches dating back to 2019.

How it Happened

The Orange came out firing in the first set to work their way up to a 14-9 lead, but the Jackets responded with a four-point run to cut the lead to one. Tech continued to battle back, later using a three-point run to take the lead at 18-17. The match continued to go back and forth as the two sides were tied three more times up to a 21 all deadlock. Syracuse used three consecutive points of its own to jump ahead from there, and despite two Jacket kills in return to cut the lead to 24-23, the Orange closed out the set for a 25-23 first set win.

Tech hit the gas in the second set, leaping in front early to avoid trailing throughout the set’s entirety. The Jackets used a four-point run, including a pair of kills off the hand of Bergmann, to reach their first significant lead, 11-6. The White and Gold incrementally continued to push forward until another four consecutive points gave the Jackets a comfortable, 22-13 lead. Tech closed out the set shortly after for a 25-17 second set win.

The Jackets got off to another hot start in the third set, tallying four straight points yet again up to a 5-1 lead. Georgia Tech maintained control up to a 13-7 lead, but Syracuse rebounded to gain momentum and take six of the next seven points to draw within one. The Jackets staved off the Orange initially up to a 16-14 lead, but three consecutive points for the Orange gave Syracuse a 17-16 lead. The two squads would tie four times up to a 20-20 score line before Tech caught fire and scored five of the next six points to claim the third set, 25-21.

The Orange took the initial charge in the fourth set, going ahead 6-4, but the Jackets rallied back with a four-point run to turn the tables and lead 8-6. Georgia Tech would hang onto the lead from there on out, using one final four-point burst to put the set out of reach for Syracuse and lead 20-14. The Yellow Jackets closed out the match thanks to a final kill from junior middle blocker Erin Moss, capping a 25-19 fourth set win and 3-1 match victory.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will wrap up the weekend at Boston College on Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest against the Eagles. Coverage information will be provided here.

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