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Tech Volleyball Returns to Atlanta for Pair of Key Matches This Weekend

Oct. 12, 2006

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech volleyball team will return to Atlanta for a pair of key Atlantic Coast Conference matches this weekend against North Carolina and N.C. State. Georgia Tech (8-8, 0-6 ACC) will face UNC (4-12, 2-5 ACC) Friday at 7 p.m. at O’Keefe Gymnasium looking for its first conference victory of the season before meeting the Wolfpack (2-14, 0-7 ACC) Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Friday night’s match can be seen on a tape-delay basis on Turner South Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. ET and again Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. ET while live video of the match against N.C. State can be found on ACC Select, gatech.playonsports.tv. There will be radio broadcasts of both matches on WREK-FM 91.1 in Atlanta, and online at www.wrek.org, while livestats for all of the Yellow Jackets’ matches can be found at www.ramblinwreck.com.

“It’s easy to get frustrated when you go into a slump for a couple weeks,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bond Shymansky, “but our team hopes for nothing. We are still confident, energetic, and positive that we can fulfill our vision as competitors. We know we have the ability to be great, and have shown it already this season. We just need to keep working hard and fight for every point.

Tech holds a 9-7 edge over the Tar Heels on matches played in Atlanta, and are 4-3 against them under head coach Bond Shymansky, while the Yellow Jackets are a perfect 8-0 vs. the Wolfpack since Shymansky took over the program in 2002.

Junior Ulrike Stegemann and sophomore Talisa Kellogg have led the Yellow Jacket offense this season, as Stegemann is averaging 2.95 kills per game and hitting a team-best .328 while Kellogg is pacing Tech with 3.51 kills per game, which ranks ninth in the ACC standings.

Junior Nikki Kaminskas, sophomore Callie Miller and freshman Erin Birmingham have provided solid blocking for the Jackets this season, all averaging over a block per game, while senior libero Abby Showers leads the team with 3.68 digs per game.

The Yellow Jackets are coming off a weekend in which they dropped a pair of matches at Maryland and Boston College. Trailing 1-2 in the match on Friday, the Terrapins came back with wins in the fourth and fifth games to earn the five-game victory in College Park before the Eagles stopped Tech, 3-1, in Chestnut Hill Sunday afternoon

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