Oct. 9, 2015
By Jon Cooper
The Good Word
There’s a lot at stake Friday night when Georgia Tech Volleyball (11-5, 2-2 ACC) takes the floor of O’Keefe Gym to take on Louisville (10-4, 4-0).
There’s protecting their home floor, which the Yellow Jackets have been almost perfect in doing, as borne out by their 5-1 record.
There’s the .500 line in conference play, which the 2-2 Jackets would like to move North of.
There’s the two-match ACC losing streak they’d like to break, following their tough go last weekend at Miami and at No. 17 Florida State, where they fell 3-1 and 3-0.
Georgia Tech head coach Michelle Collier believes the team has gotten over last weekend’s disappointment.
“I think our mind is right,” said Collier. “The whole team came in, they watched video. We looked at the things that we can do better and we’re definitely just focused on that. It’s focusing on working hard and getting better and getting ready for another very hard opponent on Friday.
“Louisville is playing well,” she added. “We’re expecting probably the toughest match that we have played all year. They’re that type of team that plays hard. They fight for every point. That’s a little bit how we play at home, too. We go after it. There’s not a match that we think is over, as you can tell by the Boston College match. So we’re going to give them a good fight.”
The Cardinals aren’t the only opponent the Jackets will be fighting.
Friday night is Jackets For The Cure presented by UnitedHealthcare. It’s a night where Tech players will trade in the traditional blue, white and gold uniforms for the inspirational pink, to show their solidarity in the battle against breast cancer and to help raise money to promote research and awareness.
“It’s an important problem so we have to make sure that we’re raising awareness, especially for young females,” said Collier. “Those are the ones that are affected the most with that type of cancer. It’s good to see women rally behind each other in being able to support the cause. You see NFL teams and other teams that also are supporting that. It’s great to see that we can use sports to raise awareness.
“We all have family members or friends, a lot of people that have been affected by cancer,” Collier added. “It’s great to be able to play for [the victims and survivors] and play for a great cause to raise awareness. It’s a great thing and I think our team will be ready to fight for the cure.”
To help raise money, the team will auction off the game-worn jerseys they wear when taking on the Cardinals, with all net proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The auction began Friday, Oct. 9 at Noon, and will continue until noon on Oct. 23. Opening bids for all jerseys start at $50, and bidding should be in $5 increments.
In a unique twist for this year’s auction, the top bidder for each jersey has the option of having it signed by the entire Yellow Jackets squad. To do so, please contact http://ramblinwreck.cstvauctions.com/contact.cfm” at the conclusion of the Auction Listings with your preference before Midnight EST on October 26, 2015.