Nov. 25, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Volleyball team (20-9, 14-5 ACC) will meet Clemson (23-8, 13-6) Friday at 5 p.m. in both schools’ regular season finales. Both Tech and Clemson are vying for an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament when the field of 64 is announced Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPNews.
The Yellow Jackets began their conference schedule by knocking off the Tigers in five sets back in September. Both teams are coming off 2-0 weekends at home against Virginia Tech and Virginia and Clemson enters play this week one match behind Georgia Tech for third place in the ACC standings. Tech is 21-28 all-time against Clemson and looking for its first season sweep of the Tigers since 2005.
“Clemson is playing very well right now and we need to be ready to go up there with the same focus and intensity we had the first time against them,” said head coach Tonya Johnson. “We have played much better on the road as of late and will need to be at our very best creating energy and competing hard on Friday in order to come out with a win.”
Sophomore Bailey Hunter had a career-high 19 kills as the Yellow Jackets took down Clemson, 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-8) Sept. 11 in the first day of the Courtyard Classic at O’Keefe Gym.
Four Yellow Jackets recorded double-figure kills led by Hunter’s 19. Senior Brittany Roderick, who began the night a perfect 8-for-8, tied her career-high with 15 kills. Freshman Monique Mead posted her third double-double of the season to date with 12 kills and 11 digs, while junior Jordan McCullers had a career-best 25 digs. Senior Chrissy DeMichelis also chipped in with 13 kills and six total blocks (three solo) and sophomore Asia Stawicka tallied nine kills and four total blocks as well for Tech.