THE FLATS – Georgia Tech volleyball (11-5, 0-3 ACC) fell to Louisville (10-4, 3-0) 3-0 on Friday night in O’Keefe Gymnasium. The loss was Tech’s first in O’Keefe this season.
Georgia Tech 0, Louisville 3
The match got off to a close start. Tied at 4-4 on a kill from junior Kodie Comby, Louisville went on a 5-0 run to force Tech to call its first timeout, trailing 9-4. The Cardinals kept rolling, pushing to a 16-7 lead and the Jackets used their second timeout of the set. Tech kept fighting but Louisville took the set at 25-16. Comby hit at a .647 clip with four kills in the first set.
Tech bounced back to start the second set. The Jackets jumped to a 5-2 lead on back-to-back kills from freshman Mariana Brambilla. The Cardinals brought it within one at 7-6 but a block off the hands of sophomore Matti McKissock and Comby kept Tech ahead. Louisville once again came back to tie the set at 12-12 and took over the lead at 13-12, inciting the Jackets to call timeout. Tech came back to tie the set at 15-15 on a kill from freshman Mikaila Dowd and Louisville called timeout. The Cardinals jumped back ahead with a 5-1 run and Tech called its second timeout, trailing 20-16. A kill from Dowd brought the Jackets back within two at 22-20 but the Cardinals stayed ahead, pocketing the set at 25-21 for the 2-0 lead.
The Cardinals grabbed the early lead in the third but the Jackets kept it close, never trailing by more than three until a 4-0 run by Louisville put the score at 12-6 and Tech called its first timeout. The Cardinals kept at it and Tech used its second timeout trailing 15-7. The deficit proved to be too much for the Jackets to overcome and Louisville took the match with a 25-17 win over the third set.
The Jackets host Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 30 for a 1 p.m. matchup on ACC Network Extra.
- Brambilla and Dowd both finished with double-digit kills. Brambilla recorded 10 and Dowd led the team with 12.