Nov. 25, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In their regular season finale, the Georgia Tech volleyball team (24-8, 15-5 ACC) narrowly fell in five sets at No. 16 Florida State (24-5, 17-3) on Friday afternoon at Tully Gym. The Jackets await their post-season fate with the NCAA Selection Show set for Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
The Jackets finish the regular season with their best overall (.750) and ACC (.750) winning percentages since 2004 (.794 overall, 1.000 ACC).
How It Happened
The Jackets got off to a slow start in game one and never caught up to Florida State. At 22-17, the Seminoles scored the final three points of the set to take it 25-17.
The second set was all Georgia Tech until Florida State came storming back from a 21-15 deficit to tie the set 21-21. From there, Florida State went on a 4-1 run to win game two, 25-22.
Georgia Tech regrouped and raced out to a 9-0 lead in game three. The Jackets hit .387 with 10 of their 17 kills from the Van Gunst twins on their way to a solid 25-16 victory.
The Jackets had a late lead 23-13 in game four, but the Seminoles never quit and worked b ack within three 23-20. Georgia Tech held on to win 25-23 and force a fifth game.
In game five, it was the Jackets turn to recover from a 7-2 deficit to tie the game 12-12. Georgia Tech took the lead 13-12 on a solo block from Gabriela Stavnetchei, but Florida State scored the final three points of the game to escape 15-13.
“I thought we played pretty well,” head coach Michelle Collier said. “The first two games they [the Seminoles] were able to do a good job against us defensively and once we matched what they were doing defensively we were able to produce more offensively.
“This team has been unbelievably resilient all this season. They are going after it and not giving up. I think that they definitely created a way to play volleyball out there to represent Georgia Tech that should make a lot of people proud.
– Annika Van Gunst tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 16 digs on .385 hitting.
– Teegan Van Gunst recorded 15 kills, marking her 25th-straight match with double-figure kills. She added 16 digs for her 20th double-double this season. She put down a career-best three solo blocks.
– Gabriela Stavnetchei led all players on the court and tied her career-best with 17 kills and put down two solo blocks.
– Rebecca Martin and Kodie Comby added five kills, while Martin had 43 assists, two aces and was one dig away from a double-double.
– London Ackermann put up 22 digs, marking her 13th match this season with 20-plus digs.
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