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Jackets Sky to No. 11 in AVCA Top 25

LEXINGTON, Ky. Georgia Tech volleyball (2-0) has been ranked No. 11 in the week one AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Women’s Poll, the organization announced on Monday. The Yellow Jackets made the largest improvement of teams in the preseason poll, rising nine spots from their previous rank of No. 20.

Reappearing in the top 25 for the first time since 2005 at No. 12 on Sept. 30, 2020, Tech has since been listed in 56 straight top 25 polls to date. The Yellow Jackets reached as high as No. 5 during that stretch for two consecutive weeks from Aug. 29 – Sept. 5 a season ago, the highest ranking for the White and Gold since 2003 and the second-best mark all time.

Tech is one of three ACC teams inside the top 15. Having bested No. 14 Penn State last time out, the Jackets are slated to face three more opponents currently ranked in the top 25 this season in No. 3 Louisville, No. 10 Pitt and No. 12 Ohio State. Each of the aforementioned teams reached the NCAA Tournament in 2022, highlighted by national title contenders Louisville and Final Four foe Pitt. Familiar future opponent Ohio State (Elite Eight) and recently topped Penn State (Sweet 16) also made deep runs in the 2022 postseason.

The Yellow Jackets enter the second week of the season amongst the top three in the ACC in four major categories – second in assists per set (13.57), second in digs per set (15), third in blocks per set (2.43) and third in opponent hitting percentage (.121).

Individually, sophomore middle blocker Liv Mogridge has anchored the defense with 1.86 blocks per set to lead the league and rank 11th in the nation after tallying 13 blocks in week one. Senior setter Bella D’Amico has run the show offensively, owning 10.57 assists per set, the third-highest mark in the conference.

Tech has won 81 of its last 101 matches dating back to 2019. The Yellow Jackets have also claimed 46 of their last 53 matches at home in O’Keefe Gymnasium, now owing over 300 wins inside the raucous arena.

Georgia Tech will remain on the road for the second straight week, heading to Ohio State (3-0) for two more consecutive ranked matchups on Friday and Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Both matches will be broadcast on B1G+.

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