Nov. 11, 2010
Due to a basketball doubleheader, there will be no parking in either the O’Keefe or AMC lots without a proper permit. Fans without a permit will be directed to the Peter’s Parking Deck. General parking will be available there for $5.
ATLANTA – With just five regular season matches left and seven teams within two matches of each other in the ACC standings, the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (16-11, 9-6 ACC) hosts two crucial matches this weekend at O’Keefe Gym. The Yellow Jackets will have their annual “White Out” vs. Virginia Tech (17-8, 8-7) on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Virginia (13-12, 7-8) comes to town on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tech is currently alone in third place in the ACC, but there are five teams tied for fourth, including Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are just a match behind the pack in fourth.
After this weekend, there will be just three more matches in the regular season. Tech travels back to North Carolina next weekend to take on UNC and NC State before returning home for the regular season finale and senior day match against Clemson on Nov. 26.
Georgia Tech beat both UVA (3-1) and VT (3-2) last month and that was the beginning of its seven-match winning streak. Behind 22 kills by sophomore Monique Mead and a career-high 17 from freshman Jennifer Percy, Tech picked up its first ACC win Oct. 1 at Virginia. The Yellow Jackets were one point away from falling behind in the match 2-0, but scored the final five points to win the second set 26-24 and even the match at one set apiece and take the momentum from Virginia. The Jackets also scored the final four points of the third set after trailing 23-22.Mead had her 22 kills on .333 hitting while Percy hit .353 for her 17 kills. The Yellow Jackets hit .308 as a team for the night, including .515 in the fourth set. Juniors Bailey Hunter and Asia Stawicka added 11 kills apiece for Tech as Stawicka hit .600. Senior Mary Ashley Tippins recorded her seventh double-double of the season on 46 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore Susan Carlson had a career-high 15 digs, while senior Jordan McCullers had a career-best eight assists to go along with her 12 digs. Georgia Tech had 12 blocks on the night, including two solos by Percy. Stawicka and Woodson had five total blocks apiece.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series against Virginia 28-17 and has won six straight against the Cavs. Tech is also now 9-5 against the Hokies.
In the match against Virginia Tech on Oct. 2, Hunter had a career-high 22 kills as the Jackets prevailed 3-2. She hit .333 on the night as the Yellow Jackets battled back from a 2-1 deficit to win the final two sets. Hunter’s previous high was 20 in the 2009 regular season finale at Clemson. Sophomore Monique Mead added 14 kills while Percy contributed with 13 on .345 hitting. Stawicka had eight kills on .412 hitting and sophomore Alexis Woodson added six of her own to go along with four total blocks (two solo). Tippins recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 51 assists and 11 digs while classmate Jordan McCullers tied her season-high of 24 digs.
Mead continues to lead the ACC in scoring with 5.14 points and 4.31 kills per set. McCullers, who is coming off a career-high 28 dig performance last Saturday against Miami, is ninth in the ACC with 4.01 a set.In the same match, Tippins moved into fourth place on the all-time Tech charts with 3,438 assists. This season, she is third in the league with 10.94 a set.