Oct. 25, 2012
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team kicks off a four-match road swing this weekend beginning with a contest at Maryland on Friday scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by a noon match on Sunday at Boston College. The Yellow Jackets look to get back to their winning ways after dropping two matches this past weekend in O’Keefe Gym to No. 12 FSU and No. 24 Miami.
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Georgia Tech (15-7, 6-5 ACC)
The Yellow Jackets are currently tied for fifth in the ACC standings with Virginia Tech. The ACC has six teams in the top 50 RPI and Georgia Tech is at No. 49.
A major strength this season for Tech has been its serving game. The team is ranked third nationally with 1.85 aces per set and five Yellow Jackets have double-digit serving aces led by Monique Mead with 43 aces and 0.54 per set, which leads the ACC and is fourth in the NCAA.
With nine conference matches left, the Yellow Jackets are midway through their ACC schedule. Georgia Tech owns a 6-5 league record and is 6-3 this season against the remaining nine teams on the schedule. Five of those six victories were sweeps and two of the three losses were in five games.
Earlier this season, Tech swept both Boston College and Maryland.
Maryland (11-12, 2-9)
The Terps snapped a six-game losing skid with a sweep of non-conference opponent American on Tuesday. Maryland begins a four-game home stand with Tech, followed by a match with Clemson on Sunday.
Leading the way for Maryland is offensive power Adreene Elliott with a team-high .400 hitting percentage good for 16th in the NCAA and fifth in the ACC. Teammate Ashleigh Crutcher is third in the league with a 3.56 kills per set average. On defense, Elliott leads the Terps with 1.10 blocks per set and Sarah Harper is a staple in the back row with 3.94 digs per game.
In the teams’ first matchup this season, Tech limited the Terps to a 0.20 hitting percentage, while swinging at a .326 percentage. Georgia Tech setter Kaleigh Colson had a double-double (30 assists; 11 digs) and senior Bailey Hunter had a team-high 14 kills.
Boston College (10-13, 4-7)
The Eagles are looking for their first win in four matches this weekend against Tech. BC’s last victory came on Oct. 6 with a sweep of Duke in Durham, N.C.
A freshman is Boston College’s go to scoring weapon in Katty Workman with a team-high 852 attempts and leads the ACC with 4.11 kills per game.
Earlier this season, Tech hit just .146 against the Eagles’ .088 hitting clip. Workman tallied 13 kills against the Yellow Jackets, while Hunter led Tech with nine kills.