TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Georgia Tech volleyball (9-1) split day one of the Hampton Inn Bama Bash, sweeping Northern Illinois (1-7) before dropping second match of the day to Alabama (8-0), 3-0. Tech closes out the tournament on Saturday against Marshall at 12 p.m. ET.
Georgia Tech 3, Northern Illinois 0
The first set was a battle, coming to a tie at 11-11 before Tech swung ahead, taking four in a row to lead 14-11 on a kill from freshman Mariana Brambilla and forcing Northern Illinois to call timeout. The Jackets made a 3-0 run to lead by five at 17-12 but the Huskies brought it back within two at 18-16 and Tech used its first timeout. The Jackets pushed back out by three at 21-18 on a kill from sophomore Dominique Washington but the Huskies tied the set at 21-21. Tech didn’t let up, reaching set point at 24-22 on a block from Brambilla. Northern Illinois called a timeout but freshman Matti McKissock landed a service ace to win the set at 25-22 and give Tech the 1-0 lead.
Tech took its momentum into the second set, jumping to a 4-0 lead on an ace from junior Kodie Comby. The Huskies battled right back to tie it at 5-5. The teams traded points to a tie at 9-9 but when the Huskies snuck ahead by one to take their first lead of the set, the Jackets called a timeout. The set stayed close before a kill from sophomore Kendall Wilson sent Tech on a 3-0 run to lead 18-15 on a kill from Washington. Northern Illinois called a timeout and took the next four to take over the lead at 19-18. The Jackets fell behind at 22-20 and called their second timeout. Brambilla powered out a kill followed by an ace from McKissock to tie it back up at 22-22. The Huskies had set point five different times but the Jackets responded each time. Tech tied it at 29-29 on a kill from senior Lauren Frerking and took set point on a bad set by the Huskies. Brambilla finally sealed the set for the Jackets with a kill at 31-29 for the 2-0 lead.
The third set was a closer start and the score was tied at 6-6 before a kill from Washington set Tech on a 4-0 run to lead 10-6 on block from Wilson and Frerking. Tech kept rolling, pushing its lead to seven at 13-6 on a kill from Washington. The Huskies brought it back within two with a 5-0 run and the White and Gold called timeout with the lead at 14-12. The Jackets pushed back ahead and complete the sweep at 25-19 on back-to-back kills from Wilson.
Georgia Tech 0, Alabama 3
The Yellow Jackets came out to a slow start in the first set, falling behind 5-0. Tech finally found its offense in the form of Brambilla. The freshman used three kills and a service ace to get Tech back in the set at 7-6. The Jackets kept the score close but the Crimson Tide stayed just ahead, leading 15-12 at the media timeout. Alabama took four in a row coming out of the timeout and trailing 18-13, Tech used its first timeout. Tech fought back but wasn’t able to recover this time and dropped the first set at 25-17.
Tech used up its first timeout early in the second set, falling behind 6-2. The Jackets came within two at 6-4 on a block from Comby and McKissock but Alabama pushed back ahead. Tech was unable to comeback from the deficit and Alabama took the set at 25-13.
Tech rebounded in the third set, using a 7-0 run to take the lead at 10-5. Alabama ended its drought and made its way within one and Tech called a timeout with the lead at 12-11. The Crimson Tide knotted the set at 15-15 but Tech pushed back ahead and used a 4-0 run to lead 21-16 on back-to-back kills from Brambilla. Alabama called timeout and took three in a row to come within two at 21-19. The Jackets used their second timeout but Alabama kept at it, tying the set at 21-21. Tied again at 23-23, Alabama took the final two points to take the set at 25-23 and hand Tech its first loss of the 2018 season.
GT vs. Northern Illinois Tech tidbits:
- Sophomore Dominique Washington recorded her first career kill, finishing the match with 13.
- Washington finished with a double-double, the first of her career (13 kills, 14 digs).
- Freshman Mariana Brambilla recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 14 digs.
- Brambilla’s 14 kills were a match high.
- The Jackets were out-blocked for the first time in 2018.
- Freshman Matti McKissock’s three service aces were a career high. She also had a career high 28 assists.
GT vs. Alabama Tech tidbits:
- The loss was Tech’s first of the season.
- The 9-0 winning streak was the second longest of the Collier era.
- Brambilla had her ninth match with double-digit kills (12 kills).
- Brambilla recorded her seventh double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs.