SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Georgia Tech volleyball (11-3, 0-1 ACC) fell to Syracuse (5-4, 1-0) 3-0 on Friday night in the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Georgia Tech 0, Syracuse 3
The Orange came out strong, jumping to a 9-3 lead and Tech called its first timeout. The Jackets took three in a row coming out of the timeout, two on kills by freshman Mariana Brambilla, and Syracuse called timeout with the score at 9-6. The Orange pushed back out to lead 16-8 and the Yellow Jackets used their second timeout of the set. The White and Gold tried to chip away at the lead but the set belonged to the Orange and they took the 1-0 advantage at 25-14.
Tech bounced back in the second set, coming out to a 6-0 lead. Syracuse called a timeout and brought the score within three and the Jackets called timeout with the lead at 11-8. The Orange came within one at 11-10 but a kill from Brambilla sparked the Jackets on a 4-0 run to move the score to 15-10. Tech took its largest lead at 23-16 on a kill from sophomore Cori Clifton but Syracuse went on a 5-0 run to bring it to 23-21. Clifton slammed home another kill to give Tech set point but the Orange overtook the Jackets at 25-24. The Jackets weren’t able to finish out the set and fell 27-25.
The Orange took the lead to start out the third but Tech kept it close, tying the set at 9-9 on a kill from freshman Mikaila Dowd. Syracuse went back up to lead 18-11 and the Jackets called their first timeout. Tech kept fighting, using a 5-0 run on kills from Brambilla and senior Lauren Frerking to come back within three at 19-16. The Orange moved its lead to 21-16 and Tech called its second timeout. The Jackets took three in a row coming out of the timeout and a kill from sophomore Dominique Washington brought Tech within two at 21-19, forcing Syracuse to use its second timeout. The Orange took set point at 24-20. Washington tallied another kill but the Orange took the set at 25-21 to secure the win.
The Jackets finish out the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 23, traveling to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. First serve is set for 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
- Mariana Brambilla tallied a team-leading 13 kills for the Jackets.
- Brambilla was one dig shy of a double-double.