Oct. 10, 2009
ATLANTA – Freshman Monique Mead had 13 kills, eight digs and four total blocks as the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (12-5, 6-1 ACC) swept Boston College (11-7, 1-6), 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-23) Saturday night at O’Keefe Gym. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 10-0 at home but will now play six of their next eight matches on the road.
Tech hit .364 for the match, while Boston College hit .214. Mead had her 13 kills on a .524 hitting percentage. Sophomore Bailey Hunter added 12 kills for her 14th straight match of at least 10 kills. She hit .400 and also had four digs. Senior Chrissy DeMichelis added 10 kills on .304 hitting, while senior Brittany Roderick hit .467 en route to eight kills. Junior Mary Ashley Tippins had 44 assists in the three sets and junior Jordan McCullers led the way with 15 digs.
Georgia Tech got off to a slow start in the first set as BC built a 10-7 lead. The Jackets responded and went on a 9-2 run to open up a 16-12 lead. The Eagles closed to within two points at 17-15, but Tech finished the set on an 8-2 run to win going away, 25-16. The Yellow Jackets hit .483 in the opening set compared to just .185 for the Eagles. DeMichelis led the charge with four kills, while Mead, Hunter and Tippins had three apiece.
In the second set, BC hung around much of the way. Every time the Jackets would build a two or three-point lead, Boston College fought back to tie. Tech soon upped its lead to a set-high four-point edge at 18-14 but three quick Eagle points made it an 18-17 game. The Jackets responded with another run and this time it was too much for the Eagles to overcome. Tech closed out on a 7-3 run to win the set 25-20 and take a 2-0 lead for the match. Mead led the Yellow Jackets with six kills on .750 hitting for the set. Hunter and Roderick had four kills apiece as the Jackets hit .361.
In the third set, the Jackets used a 6-1 run to open up a 10-5 lead. BC came back with three straight but five more straight points by the Jackets increased the lead to seven points at 15-8 and forced a BC timeout. The Eagles tried to chip away and got within three points, 23-20, late forcing Tech to call timeout. After the timeout, BC kept the run going. The Eagles got within a point at 24-23 before an emphatic kill by Mead ended the night as the Jackets completed their second sweep in as many nights.
The Yellow Jackets head back out on the road next weekend when they travel to Virginia for a pair of ACC matches. Tech will take on Virginia Tech, Friday, Oct. 16 and then the next night, the Yellow Jackets will travel up the road to face Virginia in Charlottesville. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.