Oct. 8, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Volleyball team (10-5, 4-1 ACC) returns to O’Keefe Gym, where it is 8-0 this season, to host a pair of ACC matches this weekend. The Yellow Jackets will take on Maryland (10-8, 2-3) Friday night at 7 p.m. and then Boston College (11-5, 1-4) on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.
Friday is Parent’s Night and they will be recognized on the court between the second and third sets. Camper Day is Saturday and anyone wearing a Yellow Jacket Volleyball Camp t-shirt will receive free admission to O’Keefe Gym. Both matches will be broadcast live on WREK, 91.1 FM in Atlanta and online at www.RamblinWreck.com. Live stats will also be available via the Gametracker link.
“We are looking forward to some great matches in O’Keefe this weekend,” said head coach Tonya Johnson. “I hope all of our fans who have supported us all season long will be out in force this weekend against two very good teams in Maryland and BC.”
Please note, on Saturday there will be several road closures around O’Keefe Gym due to the Taste of Atlanta going on. 5th Street from Techwood to West Peachtree Street and Spring Street from Biltmore Place to Armstead Place will be closed and traffic in Midtown will be heavy.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 1-1 trip to Florida that saw them knock off then No. 17 Florida State in five sets. It was Tech’s first win on the road against a ranked team since 2003. The Jackets then lost their first ACC match of the year at Miami, but enter this weekend tied with FSU and Wake Forest for second place. Duke is currently 5-0, the only undefeated team left in ACC play. The last five sets won by the Jackets have been in extra points.
Sophomore Bailey Hunter has recorded double-figure kills in 13 straight matches and is fourth in the ACC averaging 3.33 a set. Freshman Monique Mead, who leads the team with six double-doubles, is seventh in the league with 3.13 kills per set. Mead notched double-doubles in both matches last weekend against FSU and Miami. She is also 10th in the league with 0.30 service aces a set.
Junior Mary Ashley Tippins just had her first career double-double against Miami with 20 assists and 10 digs. She currently ranks first in the ACC and 26th nationally with 10.92 assists per set. Sophomore Asia Stawicka has been doing on both the offensive and defensive ends for the Jackets all season long. She ranks sixth in the league hitting percentage (.359) and sixth in blocks (1.07/set). Junior Jordan McCullers is also currently eighth in the ACC averaging 3.70 digs per set.