THE FLATS – Georgia Tech volleyball (16-12, 5-10 ACC) fell to Syracuse (16-7, 12-3 ACC) 3-0 on Sunday afternoon, in the final home game of the regular season at O’Keefe Gymnasium.
Georgia Tech 0, Syracuse 3
The first set was tight the whole way. The Jackets took the first lead early and although there were eight tied scores, the Tech didn’t trail until the Orange took a one-point edge at 18-17. Tech tallied back-to-back points on a kill from sophomore Dominique Washington and an ace from freshman Kayla Kaiser to take back the lead. The teams traded points until Syracuse went back ahead by one at 21-20 and Tech called the first timeout of the set. A kill from freshman Mikaila Dowd tied the score right back up at 21-21 coming out of the timeout. Battling to a tie at 23-23, Syracuse took set point and Tech called timeout. A kill from senior Lauren Frerking kept the Jackets alive. The Orange went ahead once again but back-to-back kills from Washington gave the Jackets set point at 26-25 and Syracuse called timeout. The Orange took back the lead but another kill from Washington tied it at 27-27. Syracuse took the final two points to pocket the first set at 29-27.
Tech took the first lead in the second set, leading 7-3 on a block from freshman Mariana Brambilla and junior Kodie Comby. Syracuse battled back with a 6-1 run to take over the lead at 9-8. Tech tied it right back up at 9-9 but Syracuse pushed back out to a 12-9 lead and the Jackets called the first timeout of the set. The Orange moved their lead to nine at 20-11 and the Jackets called their second timeout. Tech fought to come within five on an ace from Dowd and the Orange called timeout with the score at 21-16. Syracuse took set point at 24-17 but the Jackets didn’t let up, taking three in a row to bring the score to 24-20 on a kill from Brambilla and Syracuse called its second timeout. Tech was able to get one more before Syracuse finally took the set at 25-21 for the 2-0 lead.
Syracuse carried the momentum into the third set, leading 9-4 when the Jackets called their first timeout. Tech battled, staying within striking distance of the Orange. The Jackets tied the set at 14-14 on a huge block from Comby and Washington and Syracuse called its first timeout of the set. The Orange pushed back out to lead 17-14 and Tech used its second timeout. The Jackets were unable to come back and Syracuse took the third set at 25-18 for the 3-0 win.
The Jackets finish out the regular season on the road, heading to Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, Nov. 16 to take on Virginia. First serve is set for 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.