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No. 13 Tech Returns for ACC Home Opener with NC State

THE FLATS No. 13 Georgia Tech volleyball (10-1, 1-0 ACC) will close out its first week of conference play at home, hosting NC State (11-1, 1-0 ACC) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in O’Keefe Gymnasium.

Coverage

  • Sunday, Sept. 24 | No. 13 Georgia Tech vs. NC State | 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

There will be a post-match autograph session shortly after the conclusion of play.

Storylines

  • Georgia Tech was ranked No. 13 in the latest AVCA DI Coaches Poll.
  • The White and Gold have been listed in 59 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.
  • The White and Gold recently won their first conference match of the season over Clemson, 3-1.
  • The Yellow Jackets set the program attendance record of 5,303 against Georgia in McCamish Pavilion last weekend.
  • 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.
  • Tech owns three total ACC weekly awards this season as freshman right side hitter Larissa Mendes owns two ACC Co-Freshman of the Week awards and senior libero Paola Pimentel has once been named ACC Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Pimentel has been all over the floor, racking up 180 digs to rank second in the conference in digs per set (4.74).
  • Junior outside hitter Bianca Bertolino has been a weapon from the service line with 26 aces to top the ACC and land 15th in the NCAA. The Argentinian also leads the league and places seventh in the nation in aces per set (0.68).
  • Other top five marks for individual Yellow Jackets include freshman right side hitter Larissa Mendes’ 3.61 kills per set (5th ACC) and 4.14 points per set (3rd ACC) alongside senior setter Bella D’Amico’s 360 assists (5th ACC).
  • Georgia Tech furthers conference play amongst the top three in the ACC and top 20 in the NCAA in four major categories – leading the league and third in the nation in opponent hitting percentage (0.123), also fronting the conference and 17th in the country in digs per set (16.87), second in the ACC and seventh in the NCAA in kills per set (14.29) and third in the league and 19th the nation in assists per set (13.89).
  • Going beyond 2019’s NIVC title, Tech has won 89 of its last 110 matches.
  • Coach Michelle Collier is into her 10th season leading the Jackets as the second winningest coach in program history, including 183 victories and 99 in conference play.

Series Notes

  • Georgia Tech leads NC State 48-20 in all-time matches.
  • The White and Gold have claimed the last six contests, three of which were sweeps.
  • Tech took the last matchup on the road, 3-1.
  • The Yellow Jackets own the longest win streak of the series after earning 21 straight victories from 2000-10.
  • Tech leads the series 25-8 at home, 19-11 on the road and 4-1 in neutral matches.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will begin a four-match road swing, opening at Virginia Tech on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va. before wrapping up the weekend at Wake Forest on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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