Sept. 16, 2010
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Volleyball team (5-4) will play its final tournament of the 2010 season as it will participate in the Clemson Classic. The Yellow Jackets open ACC play with a 7 p.m. match Friday night against Clemson and also have matches against Florida A&M (10 a.m.) and Georgia State (4 p.m.) on Saturday.
Georgia Tech is 22-28 all-time against Clemson after winning both matches in five sets last season. In the regular season finale, Bailey Hunter had a career-high 20 kills and 11 digs as the Jackets won a wild five-set thriller to clinch third place in the ACC. Earlier in the season, Tech beat the Tigers, also in a five-set thriller, at O’Keefe Gym as part of the Courtyard Marriott Classic. Four Yellow Jackets had double-figure kills in that contest led by 10 more by Bailey Hunter. This marks the third straight year Tech and Clemson have opened their ACC schedules at an early-season tournament.
Tech is 10-0 all-time against Florida A&M with the last win coming in 2008, also at the Clemson Classic. The Rattlers are off to an 0-7 start in 2010.
The Yellow Jackets are 33-3 all-time against Georgia State and also last met in the 2008 season at Georgia’s tournament. Tech has won seven straight matches against the Panthers and lost only one set during that streak. Georgia State’s last win against Tech came in 1998.
Jackets Beat Georgia For Fifth Straight Time:
Behind a career-high 26 kills by Monique Mead, Georgia Tech beat Georgia, 3-2, for the fifth straight time last Saturday night in Athens. Tech has now won 12 of 13 in the series as well.
Mead Seeing 20-20:
The career-high 26 kills for Mead last Saturday against UGA was her third match this season with at least 20 kills. She had two all of last year. She added 15 digs against the Bulldogs for her first double-double of the season and eighth in her career. Mead leads the ACC averaging 4.18 kills per set.
Tippins Seeing Double:
It took until Oct. 4, 2009 for senior setter Mary Ashley Tippins to record her first career double-double, but since then it has become a regular occurrence. After finishing second on the team with five double-doubles last season, the Atlanta native has five already this season. That includes all three matches KSU Varney’s Invitational earlier this month. In the five-set win at Georgia, Tippins had a career-high 20 digs to go along with 60 assists. Tippins currently ranks fifth in the ACC averaging 10.03 assists per set.
Can You Dig It?
In the Aug. 28 match against Alabama A&M, senior libero Jordan McCullers recorded her 1,000th career dig. McCullers, who now has 1,109 in her career, ranks sixth in the ACC with 4.12 a set.