Oct. 8, 2010
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Senior Mary Ashley Tippins and sophomore Monique Mead both had double-doubles as the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (10-7, 3-3 ACC) defeated Miami (12-5, 2-4), 3-2 (17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 15-8), Friday night at the Knight Complex. It was the third straight ACC road win for the Yellow Jackets.
Mead led all players with 22 kills and added 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Tippins, meanwhile, recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 60 assists and 11 digs while also tying her career-high of six kills. Freshman Jennifer Percy added 15 kills and hit .394, while junior Bailey Hunter added 16 kills. Sophomore Alexis Woodson chipped in with a career-high 10 kills and had four total blocks. Senior Jordan McCullers had a team-high 21 digs and sophomore Susan Carlson contributed with 13.
Miami used an early 9-2 run to take control of the first set and the Yellow Jackets were never able to get back in it. Tech was unable to string more than two points together and could not cut the Hurricane’s lead to less than four points as Miami went on to the 25-17 win. Georgia Tech hit .200 in the set compared to Miami’s .368 clip. Percy led the Jackets with five kills.
Georgia Tech bounced back to win the second set 25-22 behind an early 5-0 run. Tech led 6-1 before Miami began chipping away. The Hurricanes got within three points at 11-8 before the Yellow Jackets got their lead up to a high of seven points at 17-10 and forced Miami to use its final timeout. The Hurricanes did not go down without a fight as they went on a 7-1 run to get within a point at 18-17. Tech never surrendered the lead, however, and went on win the set and even the match at one. Mead led Tech with four kills in the set as the Jackets hit .312. Miami hit .206 in the second set.
The Yellow Jackets used an early 5-1 run in the third set as well to take a 9-5 lead and went on to win 25-21. Tech led by as many as seven points at 15-8 before Miami started coming back. The Hurricanes got their deficit down to two points on several occasions but could not get closer as Tech prevented any sustained runs. The Yellow Jackets closed out the set to win 25-21 and take a 2-1 lead for the match. Georgia Tech hit .389 in the third set while Miami hit .300. Mead led the way with five more kills while Hunter added four, all of which ended mini Miami runs.
In the fourth set, Miami led 7-4 before a 6-1 run by Georgia Tech gave the Jackets a 10-8 lead. Miami came back and eventually took the lead again at 16-15. The teams traded the next few points before Tech scored three in a row to go up 21-19 and force a Miami timeout. It was 23-21 Georgia Tech when Miami scored four straight points to win the set, 25-23, and force a fifth set. Georgia Tech hit .324 in the set while Miami hit .333.
The fifth set saw Georgia Tech use a decisive 7-1 run to go on and win 15-8. The Yellow Jackets were up 6-4 and used the run to take control of the set 13-6 as they won their third straight ACC road match.
Georgia Tech’s four-match road trip concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. against Florida State in Tallahassee. The match will be televised live on FS-Florida and on Fox College Sports Atlantic. Live stats will also be available at www.RamblinWreck.com.