Oct. 12, 2013
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech junior Courtney Felinski and sophomore Chanell Clark-Bibbs each tallied double-digit kills, but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish swept the Yellow Jackets (20-25, 24-26, 23-25) Saturday in Tech’s dig pink match in front of a lively crowd at O’Keefe Gym.
With the loss Georgia Tech falls to 7-11 on the season and 1-5 in ACC action, while the Irish snap a six-game losing skid to improve to 7-10 overall and 1-5 in league play.
Georgia Tech pushed ACC newcomer Notre Dame in each set, but had trouble at the serving line with nine errors compared to Notre Dame’s four. Felinski and Clark-Bibbs notched 10 kills apiece as Georgia Tech almost matched the Fighting Irish in kills, 40 to 41.
The teams also were evenly matched in digs as Georgia Tech had 36 and Notre Dame recorded 38. The Irish were more efficient on offense, committing just 18 errors to Tech’s 24 and outhitting the Jackets .227 to .160.
In Notre Dame’s first visit to O’Keefe Gym since 1995, the Irish came out and set the tempo in the opening frame. Notre Dame broke a 7-7 tie with three-straight points to take the lead and rode that momentum to a 25-20 win.
The second set featured 13 tied scores and eight lead changes. Down by one, 13-12, the Irish rattled off three-straight to go up 15-13. Georgia Tech trimmed the lead to one, 22-21, on a kill by Felinski. Tech tied it at 22 on another Felinski kill and took the lead on a point slammed down by Clark-Bibbs. Notre Dame called a timeout and regrouped for three points to win the set, 26-24.
Georgia Tech rattled off four in a row to start the third game and widened the gap 13-9 off a kill by Ivona Kolak. Notre Dame found its rhythm and put together a seven-point rally behind the serving of Hanna Muzzonigro to take a 16-13 lead. The Jackets didn’t quit and worked to tie the score 23-23, but the Irish put the set and match away on a kill by Nicole Smith and a Georgia Tech attacking error.
The Jackets’ pink jerseys worn against the Irish will be autographed and auctioned off on www.RamblinWreck.com to support finding a cure for breast cancer. The auction begins Sunday, Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. and closes Sunday, Oct. 27 at 12 p.m. Bidding begins at $75 with $5 increments and all proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Georgia Tech is back in action Friday, Oct. 18 when it welcomes the Duke Blue Devils to O’Keefe Gym. Action begins at 8:30 p.m. and the match will be televised on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network.