Nov. 8, 2013
|Georgia Tech Volleyball vs. NC State, No. 19 North Carolina|
|Match 25||at NC State | Saturday, Nov. 9 | 5 p.m.|
|Match 26||at UNC | Sunday, Nov. 10 | 2 p.m.|
|Watch||Saturday – ESPN3 | Sunday – GoHeelsTV|
|Live Stats||Saturday – GameTracker | Sunday – GoHeels.com|
|Game Notes||Georgia Tech Game Notes|
|Video||Tuesdays with Tonya|
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team hits the road this weekend for a pair of contests against two of the top four teams in the ACC. The Jackets take on NC State at 5 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3, before a Sunday tilt against 19th-ranked North Carolina at 2 p.m.
Saturday’s match can be viewed live on ESPN3 and fans can follow the live stats via GameTracker. Sunday’s contest is available on GoHeelsTV, along with the live stats at GoHeels.com.
Georgia Tech (9-15, 3-9 ACC)
The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 in their last three games and are looking to keep their momentum going through the last eight regular season matches of 2013. Tech split a pair of home contests, falling to Virginia in five sets, before defeating Virginia Tech, 3-1.
Senior Jennifer Percy leads the team with 276 kills and 3.21 kills per set, while Courtney Felinski owns 107 kills on the outside with 2.23 kills per set. Senior Quinn Evans owns a .293 hitting percentage and leads the team with 16 solo blocks and 91 total blocks for a 1.08 per set average.
NC State (18-7, 9-4)
The Wolfpack opened a five-match home swing with a 3-0 win against Clemson Thursday. NC State is undefeated at home in conference play this season, and is currently in fourth-place in the ACC.
The Pack is led Dariyan Hopper with 275 kills and 3.44 kills per set, which ranks ninth in the ACC. Brie Merriwether is effective as the Pack’s first line of defense, with 90 total blocks (11 solo) for a 1.17 per set average – eighth in the ACC.
NC State’s defense is limiting opponents to a league-best .158 hitting percentage thanks in part to its libero Alston Kearns, who is fourth in the ACC with 4.41 digs per set. As a team, the Pack is third in the league with 15.48 digs per set.
Georgia Tech won the last meeting between the two schools, picking up a 3-1 win at home inside O’Keefe Gymnasium. NC State won the first meeting in 2012, 3-2, at Reynolds Coliseum.
No. 19 North Carolina (20-3, 9-3)
Nationally-ranked North Carolina is the third Top 25 opponent the Jackets will face this season and Tech is 1-1 in 2013 against ranked competition.
The Tar Heels suffered their first loss of the season to Duke in October and are coming off a 0-2 weekend in Florida with losses at Florida State and Miami.
Jovana Bjelica is the main-set getter with 256 kills and 3.24 kills per set. Paige Neuenfeldt is the most accurate offensive power with a team-best .346 hitting percentage, which ranks fourth in the league, and she leads the team with 83 blocks (1.06 per set).
This is the 57th match between North Carolina and Georgia Tech. The Jackets are 24-32 all-time vs. the Tar Heels. Tech fell in the first match last season, but defeated then No. 22 North Carolina, 3-2, at O’Keefe Gym.