Tech Sweeps Slovenian Junior National Team In Exhibition

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– The Georgia Tech volleyball team swept the Slovenian Junior National Team (25-20, 25-14, 25-18) on Wednesday night in an exhibition match at O’Keefe Gym. The Yellow Jackets faced the SJNT on their tour of Europe in May, when they traveled to Croatia, Slovenia and Italy in 12 days.

“I thought our kids came in and took care of business and really kept the pressure on,” head coach Tonya Johnson said. “It was fun to see them having fun out there.

“When we went to Europe in May, we learned a little bit about international volleyball and how they play over there. I thought that we were really prepared for that tonight. Some of those kids on that team we played when we were in Slovenia and it’s nice to see them again.”

The Slovenian Junior National Team made its swing through the south, playing at the College of Charleston tournament two weekends ago and facing the Florida Gators on Labor Day.

Bailey Hunter had 11 kills for Tech, while Nicki Meyer had a season-high 18 digs. Iza Mlakar tallied 11 kills and Ana Sesel put up 10 digs to lead the SJNT, whose average age is 17 years old.

After the first set that featured three tied scores, the Yellow Jackets settled in and never lost the lead as the squad didn’t allow the opponent to score more than 18 points in either of the last two sets.

Georgia Tech is back in action this weekend, Sept. 7-8, at the Florida Active Ankle Challenge in Gainesville, Fla. The Yellow Jackets open the tournament against Louisiana at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a twin bill Saturday with a match against Jacksonville at 10 a.m. and host Florida at 7 p.m.

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