Sept. 4, 2015
ATHENS, Ga. – In second-year head coach Michelle Collier’s first trip to Athens, Ga., the Georgia Tech volleyball team (6-1) swept Georgia (4-2) to win the Georgia Challenge on Friday night at the Ramsey Center. It marked the first sweep of the Bulldogs since 2011.
How It Happened
Set one was a back-and-forth battle with eight tied scores and three lead changes. The Jackets dug deep and found the momentum to win 25-22.
Tech took the lead at 4-3 and clung on for the rest of the second set to win 25-21. The Yellow Jackets kept the momentum strong in game three and put the set and match away 25-21.
‘We knew it had to be a team effort,” Collier said. “We had a lot of players step up. Usually, Annika and Teegan Van Gunst are leading our offense, and tonight we had Ashley Askin and Sydney Wilson step up. I thought Lauren Pitz had a great game. We were very consistent with our serve and serve receive, and hats off to them to stay consistent and distribute the ball.”
– Sophomores Ashley Askin and Sydney Wilson led Georgia Tech with 10 kills apiece. Teegan Van Gunst added eight kills, and Lauren Pitz had seven.
– Tech out-hit Georgia .204 to .124
– The Yellow Jackets have won 15 of the last 17 match ups against Georgia.
– Tech has won five matches in a row for the first time since winning the first five to open the 2012 season.
– London Ackermann (17), Teegan Van Gunst (14) and Annika Van Gunst (13) held down the back row with double-digit digs.
– The last time Tech swept the Bulldogs was in Atlanta on Sept. 9, 2011.
– Tech swept all three teams at the Georgia Challenge.
– Teegan Van Gunst was named the MVP and Sydney Wilson was named to the All-Tournament team.
Georgia Tech returns home to host Auburn on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. in O’Keefe Gym on ESPN3.
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