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#STINGDAILY: Opening Salvo

Aug 29, 2013

Jon Cooper, Sting Daily –

Dig: Georgia Tech begins Year Five of the Tonya Johnson Era, during which Tech is 73-52, a .584 winning percentage) today with a double-header as part of this weekend’s Georgia Tech Invitational at O’Keefe Gym.

The Jackets host a talented field that includes Florida A&M of the MEAC, College of Charleston of the CAA and Chattanooga of the Southern.

The Yellow Jackets, 19-12 a year ago, bookend the opening day, kicking off the action with a 10:00 a.m. match against the Rattlers of FAMU (15-11), and concludes the evening with a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the Mocs of Chattanooga (14-18).

Following a day off, Tech will conclude the tournament with a 1:00 p.m. match against the Cougars of C of C (27-8).

Set: The Yellow Jackets have had great success against their opponents in the tournament, sporting a combined 81.5 all-time winning percentage (22-5). They’re 19-5 all-time mark against Friday opponents Florida A&M, picked to win the MEAC South, and Chattanooga, picked fifth in the SoCon. Tech is 11-0 all-time against Florida A&M, and 8-5 against Chattanooga. The Jackets are 3-0 against Charleston, which takes its maiden voyage as a member of the CAA. They last met Florida A&M in 2010, and Charleston in 1998. In between, in 2002, they met, and handled Chattanooga.

Spike: Georgia Tech is 11-1 all-time in the Georgia Tech Invitational/Courtyard Classic in their four years under Johnson and have won eight straight matches.

Tech Returning Leaders:
Hitter: Chanell Clark-Bibbs – 117 kills
Blocker: Kaleigh Colson – 62 Blocks
Server: Kaleigh Colson – 43 Service Aces
Digger: Kaleigh Colson – 257

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