Aug. 26, 2010
ATLANTA – The 2010 Georgia Tech volleyball season gets underway this weekend at O’Keefe Gym as the Yellow Jackets host the annual Courtyard Marriott Classic. Indiana, UAB and Alabama A&M round out the field for Tech’s only home tournament this season.
2010 Georgia Tech Courtyard Marriott Classic
Friday, August 27
4:30 p.m.: UAB vs. Alabama A&M
7 p.m.: Georgia Tech vs. Indiana
Saturday, August 28
10:30 a.m.: Indiana vs. UAB
12:30 p.m.: Georgia Tech vs. Alabama A&M
4:30 p.m.: Indiana vs. Alabama A&M
7 p.m.: Georgia Tech vs. UAB
Head Coach Tonya Johnson Previews Weekend Tournament
Video: This season, every home match, including all six this weekend, will be streamed live online for FREE. Click here to watch live. This link will work for every home match this season.
Audio: For the ninth straight season, all home matches and selected road ones will be broadcast on WREK, 91.1 FM in Atlanta. Kurt Hoyt will handle the play-by-play and be joined on most broadcasts this season by former Yellow Jacket Brittany Roderick.
Tech vs. The Field: Friday night marks the first meeting all-time between Georgia Tech and Indiana. The Yellow Jackets are 1-0 all-time against Alabama A&M, having won the only prior meeting, 3-0, in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Tech is 2-16 all-time against UAB, but Saturday night will be the first match-up since 1998.
Jackets Picked Third In ACC: The Georgia Tech volleyball team has been picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference it was announced today in voting conducted by the league’s coaches. In addition, seniors Jordan McCullers and Mary Ashley Tippins as well as junior Bailey Hunter and sophomore Monique Mead were named to the Preseason All-ACC team giving the Yellow Jackets the most selections of any school.
Tech earned 103 points and three first-place votes trailing only Florida State and Duke, who tied for first place with 108 points. The Seminoles had five first-place votes to the Blue Devils’ four. Miami came in fourth followed by North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, NC State and Boston College.
Tippins was a 2009 AVCA honorable mention All-American and All-ACC performer. She led the team and ACC and was 20th in the nation averaging 11.27 assists per set. Tippins’ 36 service aces (0.31/set) were also first on the team and seventh in the ACC and she added 71 kills (0.61/set), a .268 hitting percentage, 221 digs (1.91/set) and 49 total blocks as well.
McCullers led the team and was sixth in the ACC averaging 4.14 digs per set a year ago. She was also second on the team with 63 assists, while also adding two kills and 12 service aces. McCullers had over 20 digs in nine different matches and double-figures on 26 different occasions.
Hunter ranked first on the team and sixth in the ACC averaging 3.28 kills a set in 2009 while also adding six assists, 16 service aces, 89 digs and 35 total blocks. She went 19 straight matches at one point with at least 10 kills.
Mead, the 2009 ACC Freshman of the Year and AVCA honorable mention All-American, was second on the team and seventh in the ACC averaging 3.07 kills per game. She posted eight of the team’s 14 double-doubles on the season and had 22 double-figure kill matches and went over 20 twice. Mead was third on the team with 56 assists and second in digs at 1.97 a set. She also added 30 service aces and 90 total blocks, good for third-best on the squad as well.