Nov. 17, 2007
ATLANTA – Ulrike Stegemann hit .441 and notched a match-high 16 kills to lead Georgia Tech (21-9, 15-5 ACC) to a 3-1 (27-30, 30-25, 30-20, 30-27) victory over Florida State (14-14, 11-9 ACC) Saturday night in the Yellow Jackets’ final home match of 2007.
The senior, one of three for the Yellow Jackets that were honored prior to the match, committed just one error on 34 attempts and posted four digs and four block assists on the night. Senior Nikki Kaminskas hit .467 and tallied eight kills and a career-high five service aces in addition to recording three block assists. Lindsey Gray, also in her fourth year at Georgia Tech, was key in helping the Jackets to their sixth-straight win, and 10th in the last 11 matches, with six digs and four kills on the night.
Trailing 26-25 in game four, the Jackets tied game at 26-26 on a kill by Talisa Kellogg before Makini Thompson’s kill gave the Seminoles back the lead at 27-26. Tech then scored four-straight points on a kill by Kellogg, an attack error by Thompson and a block by Stegemann and Erin Birmingham before Chrissy DeMichelis closed out the match on her 14th kill on the match.
Kellogg joined Stegemann and DeMichelis in double figures in kills with 13 against the Seminoles. Michelle Kandell directed Tech’s back row defense, tallying 20 digs for the 14th time this season.
Birmingham was key in Tech’s defensive play, recording a season-high seven block assists on a night when the Jackets had three solo blocks and 20 block assists.
After DeMichelis tied the game for the eighth time at 23-23 on her fourth kill of the match, Florida State setter Nikki Baker notched a kill and a service ace to give the Seminoles the lead for good, as they went on to win game one, 30-27. The `Noles hit .289 and held Tech to a .205 hitting clip with five total blocks in the game.
Stegemann led the Jackets to a 30-25 game two win and 1-1 match tie with eight kills and no errors on 11 attempts (.727) in the frame. Leading by just one point at 19-18, the Jackets took control of the game by winning four of the next five points before closing out the game on a 7-4 run.
Up by just three points midway through game three, the Yellow Jackets scored eight unanswered points to take a 26-15 lead and cruised to a 30-20 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Jackets hit .278 and recorded four total blocks in the game, while the Seminoles managed just a .070 hitting clip.
The Jackets will wrap up the regular season on the road when they travel to Boston College and Maryland this week. They will face the Eagles in Chestnut Hill Wednesday at 5 p.m. before traveling to College Park for a 1 p.m. match Friday. Live stats for both matches can be found at RamblinWreck.com.