Sept. 10, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Volleyball team (4-2) returns home to host the Courtyard Classic, Sept. 11-12, at O’Keefe Gym. The Yellow Jackets will open Atlantic Coast Conference play by hosting Clemson (5-1) Friday night at 7 p.m. Mississippi (5-2) and Southeast Missouri State (3-3) will kick off the tournament at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, play begins at 10:30 a.m. with the first of four matches as Clemson takes on Ole Miss. The Yellow Jackets will face Southeast Missouri at 12:30 p.m. and then Ole Miss at 7 p.m. The other match of the day between Southeast Missouri and Clemson will be played at 4:30 p.m. All three of Tech’s matches this weekend will be broadcast on WREK, 91.1 FM and online at www.RamblinWreck.com. In addition, live stats for all six matches can be found via Gametracker, also at www.RamblinWreck.com.
“We are excited to be back at home and host another tournament this weekend,” said head coach Tonya Johnson. “These are three very good teams we will be facing this weekend. We’re excited to begin ACC play by hosting a very good Clemson team on Friday night and Saturday will be another tough day as we’ll face two more solid teams in Southeast Missouri and Ole Miss. I’m hoping that our fans will come out and cheer for us all weekend.”
After winning the Georgia Tech Regency Suites Invitational to begin the season, the Yellow Jackets went 1-2 at the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Bash last weekend up in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Tech lost close matches to Middle Tennessee (3-1) and Ohio (3-2), before sweeping Northern Illinois (3-0) to wrap up the weekend.
Georgia Tech is 20-28 all-time against Clemson after the two schools each won a five-match thriller on their opponent’s home floor. Tech and Ole Miss have split two previous meetings as the Jackets won in five sets last season at the Magnolia Invitational in Oxford, Miss. The Yellow Jackets have never met Southeast Missouri before.
Sophomore Asia Stawicka leads the team with a .412 hitting percentage and is fifth in the ACC averaging a team-best 1.30 blocks per set. Freshman Monique Mead is seventh in the league with a team-high 3.17 kills per set, while sophomore teammate Bailey Hunter is 10th (3.04/set). Junior Mary Ashley Tippins is dishing out a team-high 9.91 assists per set, which is good for fourth in the conference. In addition, her 0.39 service aces per set rank seventh.