Sept. 20, 2006
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech volleyball team (8-2, 0-0 ACC) hits the road this weekend as the Yellow Jackets begin their conference slate with matches at Wake Forest (4-5, 0-0 ACC) and Duke (7-2, 0-0 ACC) Friday and Saturday. Live statistics for the Duke match will be available at www.goduke.com.
“Playing on the road is twice as hard as at home for our team,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bond Shymansky. “There is an energy in O’Keefe Gym that is hard to duplicate anywhere else, but that’s our job as a team. We are focused on staying motivated and energetic when we play in somebody else’s gym. We feel like we have all the right components, and just need to make sure they are in sync.”
Tech and Wake Forest meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Reynolds’ Gym before Duke hosts the Yellow Jackets Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a weekend in which they captured their second tournament title of the season at the Georgia Tech Regency Suites Midtown Invitational. Tech won all three matches by 3-0 margins, playing South Florida, Stetson and Sam Houston State.
Tech hit .407 as a team in the tournament while averaging 2.9 aces per game. Overall, Tech is hitting .311 as a team while averaging 13.2 digs, 2.4 blocks and 1.8 aces per game in 2006.
The Yellow Jacket offense is being led by a string of underclassmen in ’06, as rookie Erin Birmingham is hitting a team-best .409 while sophomore Talisa Kellogg is pacing the Jackets with 3.35 kills per game.
After becoming one of just three Georgia Tech players to ever record 10 kills on 10 attack attempts against Stetson, Kellogg was named the ACC Player of the Week for September 18.
The offense is being run by sophomore setter Allie Niekamp, and she is averaging 11.97 assists per game and stands second on the team with a .384 hitting percentage.
Following this weekend’s matches in North Carolina, the Yellow Jackets will return to Atlanta for a pair of matches against Florida State and Miami next weekend at O’Keefe Gymnasium.