Tech Falls Short to Seminoles

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 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Tech’s late rally in the fourth set came up short and Georgia Tech volleyball (13-9, 2-7 ACC) fell to Florida State (12-7, 8-1) 3-1 on the road on Friday night.

Georgia Tech 1, Florida State 3
The teams came out of the gate battling. Florida State snuck ahead at 7-3 but the Jackets used a 7-1 run to overtake the Seminoles at 10-8 on a kill from freshman Mariana Brambilla and Florida State called the first timeout of the match. Florida State came back to tie the set at 11-11 and the teams traded points to a score of 14-14 before the Seminoles took a two-point edge. The Jackets called timeout, trailing 16-14. Florida State increased its lead to five but the Jackets kept attacking, coming within one at 20-19 on a kill from freshman Matti McKissock and Florida State called its second timeout. The Seminoles took four in a row, reaching set point at 24-19 and although the Jackets didn’t let up, Florida State took the first set at 25-21.

The Seminoles took three-point lead in the second set at 5-2 but the Jackets came back to tie it at 6-6 on back-to-back aces from sophomore Sam Knapp. Florida State pushed back ahead to 9-6 and Tech called timeout. Tech came back to tie the set at 11-11 and snatch the lead on a kill from senior Lauren Frerking to force Florida State to use a timeout with the score at 15-12. Tech kept rolling and an ace on the powerful jump serve of freshman Kayla Kaiser moved the score to 18-15 in favor of the Yellow Jackets and Florida State burned its second timeout. Tech pushed its lead to five at 21-17 on a kill from Brambilla but the Seminoles brought it back within three at Tech called timeout with the lead at 21-20. Florida State took a one-point edge at 22-21 but back-to-back kill from Frerking put the Jackets back on top. An ace from McKissock gave Tech set point at 24-22 and a kill from Brambilla sealed the set at 25-23 for Tech to tie the match at 1-1.

Florida State bounced back in the third, cruising to a 9-3 lead before the Jackets called timeout. The Yellow Jackets fought their way back to bring the tally within one at 10-9 on three-straight kills from Brambilla. The Seminoles pushed back out to lead 22-17 and Tech called its second timeout. The Jackets kept battling but Florida State took the set at 25-20 for the 2-1 advantage.

Florida State carried its momentum into the fourth set, leading 11-5 when the Jackets called their first timeout. The Seminoles kept rolling, moving the score to 16-7 and Tech called its second timeout of the set. Georgia Tech battled back, bringing the tally within three at 23-20. Florida State took set point at 24-20 but Tech kept at it, coming within two at 24-22 on an ace from Brambilla and Florida State called timeout. The Jackets added one more but Florida State closed out the set at 25-23 for the 3-1 victory.

Up next:
The Jackets close out the road trip on Sunday, Oct. 21 in Coral Gables, Fla., as they take on the Miami Hurricanes. First serve is set for 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

Tech tidbits:

  • Mariana Brambilla recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 19 kills and 21 digs.
  • Brambilla’s 21 digs were a career-high for the freshman. Her previous record was 18 against South Alabama.
  • Mikaila Dowd recorded her second-straight and seventh total double-double of the season with 14 kills and 16 digs.
  • Dowd also had a career high in digs with 16.

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