DeMichelis Leads Georgia Tech Volleyball Past Miami, 3-1
Oct. 7, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Chrissy DeMichelis posted a match-high 16 kills and Ulrike Stegemann notched her second double-double of the season to lead Georgia Tech (10-6, 4-2 ACC) to a 3-1 (30-24, 24-30, 30-27) victory over Miami (8-82, 2-5 ACC) Sunday afternoon at the Knights Sports Complex on the campus of Miami.
In addition to her 16 kills, DeMichelis recorded a career-high three solo blocks while posting four total blocks against the Hurricanes. Stegemann posted 13 kills, 10 digs, four service aces and three total blocks and was one of two Yellow Jackets with a double-double on the afternoon. Allie Niekamp had 10 digs, three block assists, three service aces and three kills while directing the Yellow Jacket offense with 36 assists.
A total of four Yellow Jackets notched double-figures in digs on an afternoon where Tech posted 65 as a team. Michelle Kandell led Tech's back row with 17 digs and Jordan McCullers added 10 for the Yellow Jackets.
Junior Callie Miller collected a team-high six total blocks while fellow middle hitter Nikki Kaminskas has five total blocks on the afternoon. Tech's middles combined for 14 kills against the Hurricanes.
Trailing 20-19 in the opening game of the match, Georgia Tech went on a 7-0 run, which included five errors by the Hurricanes, to take control of the game. The Yellow Jackets closed out the frame on a pair of kills by Miller before a service ace by Lindsey Gray gave Tech the 30-24 victory.
Miami used a run of its own late in the second game to even the match at 1-1. With a two-point lead at 19-17, the Hurricanes won seven consecutive points and held off a late 5-0 rally by the Yellow Jackets to win, 30-24. Genny Mayhew led all players with seven kills through the first two games, while DeMichelis paced the Yellow Jackets with six kills and three solo blocks.
With game three tied 26-26, Stegemann posted back-to-back kills and Miller blocked Maria Anderson's attack attempt to give Tech the three-point lead. The Jackets went on to finish off the 30-27 win with a kill from Miller to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 11-4 lead in game four and cruised to a 30-19 win behind DeMichelis and Stegemann. The Georgia Tech duo combined for 11 kills in the frame.
The Jackets will return to action next weekend when they travel to North Carolina to take on the Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Tech squares off against Duke Friday at 7 p.m. before meeting Wake Forest in Winston-Salem Saturday at 6 p.m. Live video will be available for both matches on ACC Select (gatech.playonsports.tv), while live stats can also be found online at RamblinWreck.com.