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No. 14 Jackets Overwhelm Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 14 Georgia Tech volleyball rolled past Florida State (25-22, 25-14, 25-11) to wrap up the regular season with 13 sweeps, including nine over ACC foes, on Friday evening in Tully Gymnasium. The Yellow Jackets became more dominant as the match went on, doubling the Seminoles in the final two sets, 50-25.

Georgia Tech (23-5, 14-4 ACC) trounced Florida State (19-9, 11-7 ACC) on the stat sheet, leading the way by a wide margin in kills (48-25), hitting percentage (0.333-0.052), assists (45-25), aces (5-2), digs (49-31) and blocks (8-4).

Freshman outside hitter Bianca Bertolino shined all-around throughout the match as she tallied 14 kills at a robust .480 hitting percentage while serving as a key defensive piece with 13 digs for her ninth double double this season. Junior outside hitter Julia Bergmann led the Tech offense with 15 kills on a solid .440 hitting percentage, nearly missing a double double of her own with nine digs, a pair of solo blocks and an ace. Senior middle blocker Breland Morrissette was the most efficient Jacket on the attack, coming away with nine kills at a gaudy .900 clip, the ninth highest individual hitting percentage with at least 10 attempts in a match in the country this season. Tech’s attack once again ran through senior setter Matti McKissock as she totaled 42 assists while chiming in three digs, two block assists and a kill.

Junior middle blocker Erin Moss was at the forefront of the Jacket defense, earning four total blocks (one solo, three assisted) while junior libero Paola Pimentel led the squad with 15 digs.

The Jackets finish the regular season 10-1 in true road contests, going 8-1 away from The Flats in ACC play. The 0.909 true road winning percentage is currently slated to be the best finish in such contests in program history. Georgia Tech has also won 55 of its last 66 matches dating back to 2019.

How it Happened

The two squads battled back and forth in the first set as Tech took the first early advantage, using a four-point run powered by the “Killer B’s” to move in front, 9-6. The Seminoles would draw within two at three separate score lines up to a 12-10 Jacket lead, but the White and Gold kept their distance from there, cruising to a 24-19 lead for set point and answering a late, three-point rally from Florida State with a McKissock dump that ended the first set with Tech on top, 25-22.

The second set was briefly tight up to a 5 all deadlock, but the Jackets were nearly unstoppable beyond that, taking 17 of the next 20 points as an ace by McKissock gave Tech a dominant, 22-8 lead. Tech cruised on to a 25-14 second set victory as Bertolino’s kill concluded the set.

The White and Gold carried the momentum from the second set into the third, taking the first five points out of the gate. A four-point run followed shortly after to give the Jackets a 9-3 lead, and a subsequent seven-point run fueled by three aces and a kill off the hand of Bertolino proved to put the set out of reach as Tech leaped ahead, 18-6. The White and Gold went on to claim the final three points of the set, resulting in a statement, 25-11 third set win and commanding match sweep.

Up Next

Georgia Tech awaits potential selection to the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. The selection show will air on Sunday beginning at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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