Oct. 23, 2016
DURHAM, N.C. – For the first time in 12 years, the Georgia Tech volleyball team (17-5, 8-2 ACC) defeated Duke (14-6, 8-2) in Durham on Sunday afternoon. The Jackets’ 3-1 win was the first one in Durham since Oct. 9, 2004.
The Jackets improved their winning streak to seven matches, while simultaneously snapping Duke’s six-match winning streak.
How It Happened
The first set started as a back and forth battle. Duke gained some momentum to take a two-point lead, 10-8, but the Jackets worked back to tie it 10-10 and then went on a 5-1 run to take a 15-11 lead. The Jackets had set-point at 24-19 and withstood a late Duke rally to win game one, 25-22.
In set two, Duke jumped out to a 4-0 lead and stayed in rhythm throughout the set to win 25-15. In set three, the Yellow Jackets pulled ahead in the middle of the game, 16-12. Tech maintained a high tempo and won the game, 25-20, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Jackets were down 20-16 in game four and used a 4-0 run sparked by a solo block from Gabi Stavnetchei to tie it 20-20. The two teams traded set point in a nail biter game. At 24-24, a Duke setting error gave Tech match point and the Jackets put it away on a kill by Teegan Van Gunst.
“Duke is so good defensively that we needed everyone to be efficient. We are playing really consistent and we were making plays,” head coach Michelle Collier said. “It was a great team effort. Duke’s a tough team to beat. So it was a great win and I’m very proud. It was a great win for our program.”
– The Yellow Jackets used a balanced attack and solid defense as four players recorded double-doubles in the win.
– The last time Georgia Tech won back-to-back matches against Duke was in 2004.
Gabriela Stavnetchei tallied 15 kills and 11 digs on .387 hitting for her fifth double-double this season.
– Teegan Van Gunst led all players with 18 kills to go along with 10 digs for her 13th double-double.
– Annika Van Gunst recorded her third double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs on .379 hitting.
– Rebecca Martin tallied her fourth double-double with 45 assists and 12 digs.
– London Ackermann put up 22 digs
– The Jackets out-blocked Duke 12 to 8.
The Yellow Jackets take on Clemson on Wednesday, Oct. 26 for their annual Jackets for a Cure pink match presented by UnitedHealthcare. First serve is at 7 p.m. at O’Keefe on the ACC Network Extra. The Jackets will auction off their game worn pink jerseys from Oct. 26 at noon to Nov. 2 at noon. Bidding begins at $50 and increases by $10.
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