Sept. 27, 2012
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THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team has a big weekend ahead of it as the Yellow Jackets travel to North Carolina to take on a red-hot NC State team and North Carolina. Tech faces the league-leading Wolfpack on Friday at 7 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C., before playing at North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tech’s all-time record vs. Competition
vs. NC State – 37-15
vs. UNC – 24-31
The NC State match will be available on Gametracker and will be streamed live for free on GoPack.com’s All-Access. Live stats and a live stream will be available for the UNC match at TarHeelBlue.com.
Georgia Tech (11-2, 3-0 ACC)
The Yellow Jackets have swept six of their last seven opponents, including two victories against Boston College and Maryland at home last weekend. Tech is a perfect 7-0 at home this season and is currently enjoying a four-game winning streak.
The Jackets’ serving game has been a key tool in the Tech’s success this season. Georgia Tech is currently ranked No. 1 in the country with 2.04 aces per set and junior setter Kaleigh Colson is No. 4 nationally, averaging 0.58 aces per game.
Tech is undefeated in the ACC and sit in second place. The last time Georgia Tech won its first three league matches was in 2009 went the team went 4-0, defeating Clemson, NC State, UNC and FSU.
Yellow Jacket Leaderboard:
Kills per set – Bailey Hunter, 3.84
Assists per set – Kaleigh Colson, 10.33
Aces per set – Kaleigh Colson, 0.58
Digs per set – Nicki Meyer, 3.31
Blocks per set – Annie Czarnecki, 1.12
NC State (13-1, 3-0)
The league-leading Wolfpack is coming off home wins over North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke to open its ACC schedule. It marked the first time in school history that NC State swept the Big Four in ACC play.
With victories against Wake Forest and UNC, the team has opened the season with back-to-back ACC wins for only the second time since 1988. The Jackets will be looking to snap NC State’s current eight-game winning streak and hand the Wolfpack its first conference loss.
Kills per set – Dariyan Hopper, 2.84
Assists per set – Megan Cyr, 10.18
Aces per set – Nikki Glass, 0.49
Digs per set – Alexa Micek, 3.06
Blocks per set – Brie Merriwether, 0.91
North Carolina (12-2, 3-1)
The Tar Heels have won their last four matches. North Carolina defeated Clemson, 3-1, on Wednesday. senior Emily McGee finished with her second-straight double-double with 15 kills and 19 digs, while junior Kayla Berringer added 13 kills, and senior Cora Harms recorded 22 digs to lead UNC.
Tech will be looking to hand the Tar Heels their first loss at home as the team is 7-0 at Carmichael Arena.
Tar Heel Leaderboard
Kills per set – Emily McGee, 2.78
Assists per set – Cora Hamms, 8.71
Aces per set – Lauren Adkins, 0.24
Digs per set – Ece Taner, 4.22
Blocks per set – Paige Neuenfeldt, 1.38
This Weekend’s Teams And The NCAA (as of Sept. 25)
Aces per set
1. Georgia Tech, 2.04
44. NC State, 1.49
Blocks per set
28. North Carolina, 2.73
18. Georgia Tech, .284
Match W-L Pct.
5. NC State, .929
19. Georgia Tech, .846
19. North Carolina, .846
Individuals In The NCAA
Aces per set
4. Kaleigh Colson, GT – 0.58
19. Nikki Glass, NC State – 0.49
Blocks per set
26. Paige Neuenfeldt, NC – 1.38
Points per set
36. Monique Mead, GT – 4.71