Oct. 6, 2011
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Volleyball team (8-7, 1-4 ACC) returns to O’Keefe Gymnasium to close out their four-game home stand against Maryland (9-8, 3-2) on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Boston College (6-10, 2-3) Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off of a tough weekend series with NC State and North Carolina. On Friday night, the Jackets went up 2-0 against the Wolfpack before falling in a close battle 3-2. Saturday, North Carolina jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and fought through a tough third set with the Yellow Jackets to earn the victory. Friday night is Alumni night at O’Keefe as more than 15 former Georgia Tech volleyball players will be in attendance.
Georgia Tech and Maryland have battled every time that they have met with the Terrapins holding the slight series lead, 26-25. Last season, Maryland took the victory in the only meeting between the two teams, but Georgia Tech has won five out of the last seven match ups between the two schools.
The Jackets have dominated Boston College, however, holding an 11-2 record against the Eagles, winning eight in a row, sweeping BC six of those eight times. The Jackets last loss to Boston College came back on October 8, 2006 on the road. The Jackets have never lost to Boston College at home.
Junior Monique Mead continues to lead the ACC in kills per set and is second in the nation at 5.09 and also third in points with 5.77. The Newnan, Ga., native has five double-doubles this season, eight matches with at least 20 kills and has recorded double figure kills in each match this season. Mead is also averaging 2.71 digs per set and 0.88 blocks. Her 27 kills against NC State ranked third in the ACC this season, behind her own performances against Louisville and Furman.
Senior Asia Stawicka had a good weekend against the two North Carolina schools which garnered her a special mention in the American Volleyball Scouting Report Global Player of the week category for her efforts. Stawicka led the way for the Jackets over the course of the weekend with 23 kills, 2.88/set, a .579 hitting percentage, six digs, and 13 blocks. Currently she sits ninth in the ACC in hitting percentage (.336) and fifth in the league in blocks per set (1.16). In league play, Stawicka sits in second place in hitting percentage (.546) and blocks/set (1.22).
Freshman Ali Santi is fourth in the ACC dishing out 10.89 assists per set which also ranks 36th in the country. Her 60 assists against NC State is good enough for second in the ACC this season and also improved her assists/set in league play to 11.00, good enough for third. She has five double-doubles this season.
As always, live video and audio for every Georgia Tech home match is available at RamblinWreck.com through the All-Access channel. Each home match is also broadcast on WREK, 91.1 FM in Atlanta.