Nov. 14, 2010
ATLANTA – A balanced scoring attack led the Georgia Tech Volleyball team (17-12, 10-7 ACC) to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-23) win over Virginia (13-14, 7-10) Sunday afternoon at O’Keefe Gym. Five Tech players had at least six kills led by sophomore Monique Mead who had 13.
Mead hit .250 in the match and was the only player on either team to record double-figure kills. She also added eight digs. Junior Bailey Hunter had nine kills and junior Asia Stawicka added eight on .667 hitting. Freshman Jennifer Percy had seven kills and sophomore Alexis Woodson added six and four total blocks.
Senior Mary Ashley Tippins controlled the offensive attack by handing out 39 assists and also posted seven digs.
The Yellow Jackets hit .293 in the match and held Virginia to a .202 clip. The Jackets had eight service aces on the afternoon, including three apiece by Mead and Hunter.
Virginia scored the first three points of the first set but the Jackets quickly erased their deficit with a 7-2 run. With the set tied at nine, the Jackets slowly began to build up their lead and went on to win 25-16. The Jackets went up by four points 15-11 and saw UVA come within two points but that was as close as the Cavaliers would get. Tech scored seven of the final nine points en route to the opening set win. Tech hit .333 and was led by four kills from Mead.
The second set went back and forth as neither team led by more than two points for the entire set. Virginia had a 22-20 lead and looked like it was going to even the match up, but Tech closed the set on a 5-1 run to win 25-23 and take a 2-0 lead. Hunter finished the comeback for the Jackets with an ace sending them into the break up 2-0. Tech hit .143 in the second set and Mead led the way with six kills.
Georgia Tech used a 7-1 run in the third set to break an 11-11 tie. Leading 18-12, the Jackets looked to be well on their way to completing the sweep but Virginia did not go down without a fight. The Cavaliers chipped away and eventually tied the set at 23 after a 4-0 run. The Jackets would not be denied and closed it out by scoring the final two points to complete the sweep. Percy led the Jackets with five kills in the final set.
The Yellow Jackets now hit the road for their final road trip of the regular season next weekend in North Carolina. Tech will face NC State on Friday at 7 p.m. and then North Carolina on Sunday at Noon. Live stats will be available at RamblinWreck.com for both matches.