Off to a 3-0 start in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the No. 23 Georgia Tech (17-2, 3-0 ACC) volleyball team hosts two ACC matches this weekend, with No. 11 North Carolina and Florida State visiting. Tech hosts North Carolina (14-1, 2-0) will visit the Jackets Saturday at 8 p.m. in O’Keefe Gymnasium. Florida State (10-4, 2-0) will visit Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
“We have five conference matches in the course of eight days and that’s a lot for any team,” said head coach Bond Shymansky, who has led the Jackets to their best start since the 1996 season. “We’re working hard to make sure we stay focused and energized. It’s a tough balance to work hard in practice and have energy to compete the next day. But, it’s a good starting point for us, and however we come out of it, we are working hard as a team and going in the right direction.”
Tech will host nationally-ranked North Carolina Saturday in O’Keefe Gymnasium at 8 p.m. The match, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., was changed in order to accommodate the 3:30 p.m. home football game earlier that day. North Carolina holds the all-time series lead, 23-12, but the two teams split the series last season, which each team winning on the other’s home court. The match will be aired live on WREK radio (91.1 FM) and will also be available on audio internet streaming at www.wrek.org. Fans attending the 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest football game can present their ticket for free admission to the match that evening. In addition, free t-shirts will be given out to the first 100 fans.
“We’re excited about our match against North Carolina. It’s not only a big match in terms of rankings and the ACC standings, but this year it is a big match in terms of the national spotlight. They are going to be strong and tough and they are a seasoned team. Our last two home matches against them have been thrilling matches, and I expect the same Saturday night.”
The final match of the homestand will be held on Sunday against the Seminoles in Alexander Memorial Coliseum at 3 p.m. The match will be televised on a tape delayed basis on Fox Sports Net South on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. In addition, the match will be aired live on WREK radio (91.1) and on audio internet streaming at www.wrek.org. Live stats will also be available on www.ramblinwreck.com and on audio internet streaming at www.wrek.org. In an attempt to break the ACC attendance mark of 3,202 set by Maryland, Tech moved the match to the 9,191 seat Coliseum. Several exciting promotions are scheduled, including free t-shirts to the first 500 fans and the opportunity to win two tickets from Delta Air Lines.
“We are excited to be playing in Alexander Memorial Coliseum,” said Shymansky. “Our goal is to play in front of the biggest single-match attendance in ACC volleyball history and I think we will be able to do that. Our fans come out and support our team fantastically game in and game out in O’Keefe and now we are asking them to come to the Coliseum and support our team there and be a part of an exciting event. The Coliseum is a fun venue. It may not be as loud as O’Keefe, but with a large crowd, it should be a fun afternoon.”
Kele Eveland (Grand Rapids, Mich.), this week’s ACC Player of the Week, runs a Yellow Jacket offense that is ranked seventh in the nation in hitting percentage (.313) and ninth in the nation in kills per game (16.98). Lynnette Moster (Liberty, Ind.) continues to lead Tech in virtually every statistical category. Through 18 matches, she is averaging 5.46 kills per game, 3.09 digs per game and .37 service aces per game, and is hitting .372. Alexandra Preiss (Berlin, Germany), leads the team in blocks per game (1.15) and is second on the team in hitting percentage (.352).
Tickets for all matches may be purchased at the gate, or by calling 1-888-TECH-TIX.