ATLANTA (Nov. 26) – Sophomore outside hitter Maja Pachale led the way in a record-setting night, as Georgia Tech’s volleyball team defeated arch-rival Georgia on Friday in three games at O’Keefe Gymnasium, 16-14, 16-14, 15-12.
Pachale, who collected a match-high 24 kills, established a new Georgia Tech record for kills in a season, having finished with 523. Pachale broke Cris Omiecinski’s record of 517, set in 1993, with a kill early in the third game.
The Jackets (17-14) snapped a three-match losing streak, and defeated the Bulldogs for the first time in the history of the series, as Georgia had taken the prior 17 meetings. However, tonight’s match was the first time that the Bulldogs had visited O’Keefe, as after a six-year hiatus in the series in the mid-90’s, the two teams played in Athens a year ago. In prior trips to Atlanta, Tech played its home matches in Heisman Gym.
After two hard fought opening games, Georgia Tech took control in the third, prevailing 15-12, after Georgia (10-16) had rallied to overcome three match point attempts.
Senior Rebecca Dady and sophomore Stacy Buerger each tallied 18 kills for the Bulldogs in the losing effort.
Tech finishes the season at 17-14, ending the season with a winning record for the ninth consecutive year.