GameTracker | Tournament Notes
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team will travel to Gainesville, Fla. to play in the Florida Active Ankle Challenge on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8. The Yellow Jackets will open tournament action against Louisiana on Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by matches with Jacksonville (10 a.m.) and No. 15 Florida (7 p.m.) on Saturday.
All matches this weekend will be available on Gametracker. The contest against Florida will be streamed live on GatorVision and can be heard live on Gatorzone.com.
Tech got off to its best start under head coach Tonya Johnson, claiming its first five matches of the season. The Yellow Jackets, 5-1, lost their first match of the season at the Indiana Invite last weekend to host Indiana in four sets (27-29, 25-27, 25-22, 23-25).
Monique Mead led the Tech offense with 20 kills. Bailey Hunter tallied her third double-double of the season with 19 kills and 10 digs, while Annie Czarnecki added a career-high 14 kills and Nicki Meyer put up a team-best 11 digs. Courtney Felinski also put up career numbers in the contest with 10 kills.
Hunter and Mead were named to the Indiana All-Tournament team. Hunter averaged 4.09 kills per set (45k, 14e, 100ta) and Mead averaged 4.00 kills per set (44k, 13e, 85ta) throughout the tourney.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-3 heading into the weekend, after dropping a midweek match to Lamar, 3-1, which snapped a four-game win streak for Louisiana. Tonice White led a trio of Cajuns in double figure kills with 15 over 30 attempts. Lavinia Tataran and Kelly Wiesmann tallied 13 kills each.
Last weekend, Louisiana won the Bon Temps Invitational. Senior setter Mandi Gavin was named MVP of the tournament after hitting .500 on the weekend to go along with 116 assists. Friday’s match will be the first between Georgia Tech and Louisiana.
The Dolphins will be looking for their first win of the season, having lost their first six matches in 2012 under new head coach Michelle Collier. Sam Strausbaugh is their main offensive power with a team-high 79 kills and a 3.59 kills per set average. Tech is 1-2 all-time against JU.
No. 15 Florida
The Gators dropped two matches over the weekend at the Nike Big Four Classic. Florida, 3-2, were swept by then-No. 2 Texas (27-29, 22-25, 24-26) and fell to then-No. 9 Stanford in four sets ( 25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 16-25).
The Yellow Jackets need to watch out for freshman outside hitter ?iva Recek who earned SEC Freshman of the Week for her efforts in the tournament. She was named to the Nike Big Four Classic All-Tournament after hitting .475 and posting 22 kills against Texas, the highest kill output for a freshman in a 3-set match in Florida history.
Georgia Tech and Florida will matchup for the first time in school history on Saturday night.
– Senior outside hitter Bailey Hunter needs just 11 more kills to eclipse 1,000 in her career.