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No. 13 Tech Travels to Syracuse, Boston College

THE FLATS – No. 13 Georgia Tech volleyball (15-3, 6-2 ACC) will head to the Northeast for stops at Syracuse (14-6, 3-5 ACC) and Boston College (12-10, 2-6 ACC) this weekend, first traveling to Syracuse, N.Y. for a Friday contest at 7 p.m. before closing out the weekend in Chestnut Hill, Mass. with a Sunday matchup at 1 p.m.

Coverage

  • Friday, Oct. 22 | No. 13 Georgia Tech at Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra | Watch | Live Stats
  • Sunday, Oct. 24 | No. 13 Georgia Tech at Boston College | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra | Watch | Live Stats

Storylines

  • Tech moved up three spots in the latest AVCA Top 25 poll for its highest mark of the season at No. 13.
  • The ranking marks the highest for the Jackets since being listed No. 6 on Nov. 25, 2020 at the conclusion of last fall.
  • Since appearing in the Top 25 at No. 12 on Sept. 30, 2020, Georgia Tech has been listed in 31 straight top 25 polls to date.
  • Tech earns its ranking following a flawless ACC weekend in which the Jackets swept Clemson on the road before returning home to sweep Duke in less than an hour and a half.
  • Freshman outside hitter Bianca Bertolino earned her third ACC Freshman of the Week honor of the season for her performances the two contests.
  • A week prior, the Jackets put together a historic weekend in which they swept ACC foe Virginia before handing No. 4 Pitt (previously No. 2) its first loss of the season in five sets.
  • Georgia Tech’s triumph over Pitt marked the highest ranked win and the second top-five victory in program history. The Yellow Jackets’ previous highest ranked victory also came on the road in five sets over No. 5 Nebraska in 2003.
  • Going beyond 2019’s NIVC title, Tech has won 47 of its last 56 matches.
  • The Jackets have won 28 of their last 32 matches on The Flats in O’Keefe Gymnasium.
  • Tech is a perfect 7-0 in true road matches this season, going 5-0 away from The Flats in ACC play.
  • Georgia Tech boasts some of the best statistical marks in the nation to date, ranking fourth in the nation and leading the league in kills per set (14.47) while placing 12th in the NCAA and third in the ACC in assists per set (13.16)
  • Junior outside hitter Julia Bergmann has put together a decorated season to date, racking up awards on a national scale this season being named AVCA Player of the Week, ACC Player of the Week twice, UCF Challenge MVP and to three all-tournament teams. Her AVCA honor as the best player in the nation for the week marked the first time a Yellow Jacket has received the award since Kele Eveland on Sep. 15, 2003.
  • Bergmann’s numbers back up her accolades as she’s among the nation’s best in multiple categories. To date, the veteran has led the Jacket attack with 290 kills (4.53 per set) and 22 service aces along with pitching in on the defensive end with 171 digs and 34 total blocks (17 solo, 17 assisted).
  • On a national scale, those marks currently place her 11th in the country in points per set (5.27) and 16th in the nation in kills per set (4.53), leading the ACC in both categories. Other notable numbers for the powerful outside hitter include ranking third in the ACC and 29th in the NCAA in points (337.5) while slotting third in the conference and 34th in the country in kills (290).
  • As Bergmann has spearheaded the Jacket attack, some of her biggest performances have come in the biggest moments as she earned her AVCA weekly honor and first ACC Player of the Week on the year after Tech downed No. 14 Penn State (previously No. 12) and picked up her second ACC Player of the Week recognition after the Jackets’ historic win over No. 4 Pitt (previously No. 2).
  • In one of Tech’s biggest wins in program history, the heavy hitter piled up 24 kills at a solid .386 clip, including a pair of aces as well as six digs and four total blocks (one solo, three assisted) in the triumph over Pitt.
  • The week before, she compiled 30 kills against Notre Dame, the highest total by not only any Yellow Jacket this season, but also any player in the ACC to date.
  • Along with Bergmann, Bertolino has staked her claim as one of the top freshmen in the conference this season as she won ACC Freshman of the Week in back-to-back weeks for her first two weeks of her collegiate career and collected her third this week. The Argentinian also was selected to two all-tournament teams in nonconference play and is up to seven double doubles this year.
  • Senior setter Matti McKissock continues to climb in the Georgia Tech record books as she moved up to sixth in career assists in program history against Clemson, totaling with 3,485 to date. In the 25-point rally scoring era, that mark places her second in Yellow Jacket history. This season, McKissock leads the ACC and is 14th in the NCAA with 11 assists per set while also leading the conference in total assists with 693.

Series History

  • Tech and Syracuse are currently tied 6-6 in the all-time series. The Yellow Jackets have won the last two matchups, coming away with a 3-1 victory in O’Keefe in 2019 and sweeping the Orange at a neutral site last spring. Tech leads the series 5-1 at home and 1-0 in neutral-site matches.
  • Georgia Tech leads Boston College 23-5 in all-time matches, sweeping the last meeting between the two last spring. The Yellow Jackets own the longest winning streak of the series after taking 18 straight from 2006-16. Tech also swept the first three matchups of the two programs, leading the series 16-2 at home and 7-3 on the road.

Scouting Syracuse

  • The Orange enter the weekend at 14-6 overall, going 3-5 in ACC play. Syracuse is currently on a four-match losing skid after dropping to North Carolina, NC State, Louisville and Notre Dame. The Orange had won three straight ACC matches over Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech before the skid.
  • Syracuse’s biggest strength amongst the conference comes on the attack as the Orange are currently 12th in the NCAA and second in the ACC in kills per set (0.278). Cuse is also third in the league in assists (884) and total blocks (178) while ranking second in the conference in aces (109) and kills (978).
  • Individually, senior outside hitter Polina Shemanova and junior middle blocker Marina Markova have led the Orange as they rank amongst the top of the ACC in multiple categories.
  • Shemanova is currently first in the ACC and 21st in the NCAA in points (344.5), first in the ACC and 23rd in the NCAA in aces (32), second in the ACC and 35th in the NCAA in aces per set (0.45), second in the ACC and 26th in the NCAA in points per set (4.85), second in the ACC and 29th in the NCAA in kills (295) and third in the ACC and 32nd in the nation in kills per set (4.15).
  • Markova is currently first in the ACC and 26th in the NCAA in kills (296), second in the ACC and 31st in the NCAA in kills per set (4.17), second in the ACC and 25th in the NCAA in points (340) and third in the ACC and 30th in the NCAA in points per set (4.79).

Scouting Boston College

  • The Eagles come into the weekend at 12-10 on the season, going 2-6 in ACC contests. Boston College owns ACC victories over Syracuse and Virginia, but has lost its last five matches in league play to Wake Forest, Louisville, Notre Dame, North Carolina and NC State.
  • Boston College leads the ACC in multiple categories including ACC assists (959), digs (1,134) and kills (1,037), nationally ranking 13th in kills and 16th in assists.
  • Sophomore libero Anna Murphy owns the Eagles’ most notable individual stat leading the ACC with 312 digs.
  • Offensively, graduate senior outside hitter Clare Naughton leads attack with 273 kills, which ranks 4th in the ACC.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will return home for Halloween weekend to host North Carolina and NC State in O’Keefe Gymnasium, battling the Tar Heels on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. before fending off the Wolfpack on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. Coverage information will be provided here.

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