Sept. 4, 2015
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Tech volleyball team (5-1) opened the second day at the Georgia Challenge on Saturday morning with a 3-0 victory against Georgia Southern (3-4).
How It Happened
Tech opened up a tight first game with a four point run to take a 10-5 lead, but the Eagles worked back to tie it at 18-18. From there, the score was tied eight times and the Eagles had set point three times, before it was the Yellow Jackets who prevailed 28-26.
After an early battle in game two, the Jackets opened up a six-point lead, 20-14. Aggressive serving by Wimberly Wilson took the Eagles out of system, helping the Jackets to win 25-15. Georgia Tech carried that momentum into set three, leading by as many as 10, points, 20-10, and winning 25-14.
“I think we came out and executed,” head coach Michelle Collier said. “Georgia Southern came out and did somethings differently than what we saw on the video. They were forcing some different shots and I thought in that first game we took a little bit longer to adjust defensively.
We had to stay a little more consistent, get Sydney Wilson involved in the middle and then Annika Van Gunst started playing a little better. We were able to diversify our offense a little in the last two games. I think the biggest thing, defensively, was that we adjusted really well [in the last two games]. Our blocks were touching balls and Georgia Southern wasn’t getting clean kills like they were in the first game.”
– Tech had 21 kills to Georgia Southern’s 10 in game one, but 10 costly hitting errors and three Eagle aces kept them in the game.
– Georgia Tech improved in the second set, limiting its hitting errors to just three and swinging at .387 compared to .220 in game one.
– Teegan Van Gunst recorded her second double-double on the season with a team-best 15 kills and 14 digs.
– London Ackermann recorded 18 digs and has put up double-digit digs in all but one match this season.
– The Yellow Jackets tallied six aces and have recorded at least five aces in every match this season. Junior Rebecca Martin led Tech with two aces.
– Ashley Askin tied her career-high in kills (11).
– All five wins for Tech this season have been sweeps.
Georgia Tech continues action at the UGA Challenge tonight with a match against host Georgia at 7 p.m. on WREK 91.1 FM and the SEC Network +.
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