Nov. 1, 2012
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THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team continues its four-match road swing with two contests in Virginia this weekend. The Yellow Jackets play Virginia on Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. match at Virginia Tech on Saturday. Tech split a pair of road matches last weekend, falling at Maryland before sweeping Boston College.
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Georgia Tech (16-8, 7-6 ACC)
The Yellow Jackets are currently tied for fifth in the ACC standings with Clemson. Tech weighs in at No. 51 in the most recent RPI.
The team is ranked third nationally with 1.85 aces per set and five Yellow Jackets have double-digit service aces led by Monique Mead with 48 aces and 0.55 per set, which leads the ACC and is third in the NCAA.
Senior Annie Czarnecki is having a breakout year for the Yellow Jackets. After playing in just 11 games over the last three years, Czarnecki leads Tech with a .389 hitting percentage, which is fourth in the ACC and No. 17 in the NCAA. In addition, she leads the team with 10 solo stuffs and a 1.13 blocks/set average.
Earlier this season, Tech swept Virginia and the Yellow Jackets are 9-1 in the last 10 games against the Cavaliers, with Tech’s last lost coming in 2007 in five sets at O’Keefe Gym. In the teams’ last meeting on Oct. 6, Mead led all players with 12 kills and added six block assists. Czarnecki had a team-high seven blocks, while Jennifer Percy led the team with a .438 hitting percentage.
Virginia (7-17, 1-12)
Virginia is looking to bounce back from two three-set losses at Florida State and Miami this past weekend. Virginia is fifth in the league with 1.22 service aces per game.
The Cavaliers have a balanced attack as five players own more than 100 kills. Natalie Bausback leads the squad with 233 kills and a 2.71 kills/set average. Virginia’s roster has six players with double-digit aces, led by Tori Janowski’s 23.
In the teams’ first matchup this season, Tech limited the Cavaliers to a 0.54 hitting percentage, while swinging at a .264 percentage.
Virginia Tech (13-10, 6-7)
The Hokies look to start November off on the right foot after going 2-8 in the month of October. VT plays Clemson on Friday, before facing Georgia Tech Saturday.
Offensively, Jennifer Wiker and Samantha Gostling are the Hokies go-to players. Each have over 250 kills and Wiker leads the team with a 3.20 kills per game average. Wiker is also tops on the squad with 18 solo blocks; while Victoria Hamsher has a team-high 72 blocks (0.86/set).
Virginia Tech will likely be going to Wiker on Saturday night as she tallied 21 kills on 47 swings earlier this season against Georgia Tech. Three Yellow Jackets recorded double-digit kills against the Hokies led by Bailey Hunter’s 23. Chanell Clark-Bibbs and Czarnecki put down three blocks a piece and Czarnecki hit for a .733 clip (11-of-15).
The Yellow Jackets are 6-4 in the last 10 games against VT. The last time Georgia Tech won both matches in a season against the Hokies came in 2007 (3-1, 3-2).