Oct. 20, 2011
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Volleyball team (11-8, 4-5 ACC), coming off of a huge win over No. 23 Miami, will head to the Commonwealth this weekend for a couple of games against Virginia Tech and Virginia.
The Yellow Jackets will take on the Hokies (11-9, 4-5) on Friday at 7 p.m. before heading to Charlottesville to take on the Cavaliers (8-11, 2-7) in a 7 p.m. match up Saturday night.
Tech is coming off of a 1-1 weekend that saw a 3-0 loss at No. 21 Florida State, but a 3-1 victory at No. 23 Miami. In Sunday’s comeback win at Miami, Kaleigh Colson netted her first career triple-double, the fourth in Georgia Tech history and last since Allie Niekamp had one on September 1, 2006 against Mississippi State.
Tech holds the series lead against both teams, with a 9-6 advantage over Virginia Tech and a 31-17 all-time record over Virginia. GT and VT have split the season series in the last three seasons and the Jackets are currently riding a seven-game win streak over the `Hoos.
Head Coach Tonya Johnson is 2-2 overall against Virginia Tech and undefeated against Virginia during her tenure at Georgia Tech.
Last season, Georgia Tech won a five-set meeting at Virginia Tech but dropped a 3-0 decision at home towards the end of the season. Tech’s victory at home over Virginia was a sweep but they needed four games in Charlottesville to earn the W.
Junior Monique Mead continues to lead the ACC in kills per set and is third in the nation at 4.97. She also lead the ACC in points per set and ranks second in the country with 5.66. The Newnan, Ga., native has six double-doubles this season, eight matches with at least 20 kills and has recorded double figure kills in each match this season. Mead is also averaging 2.59 digs per set and 0.89 blocks.
The Jackets have a dual threat at the setter position as Freshman Ali Santi is second in the ACC dishing out 10.89 assists per set. Her 60 assists against NC State was good enough for second most in a game in the ACC this season. She has five double-doubles this season.
However, this past weekend, Kaleigh Colson dished out the majority of the sets for the Jackets combining for 61 against Florida State and Miami to bring her season total to 305. Colson also has a knack for finding the open spots on the court and has recorded 47 kills this year (16 last weekend) and 21 service aces which ranks second on the team. Colson’s aces have helped Tech to a league best 1.34 aces per set (1.53/set in ACC play). Colson is a major threat when she is on the court as she recorded her first career triple-double at Miami (34 assists, 12 kills, 11 digs) also earning four service aces in the match.
Live stats for the matches will be available all weekend.