Volleyball Hosts No. 22 North Carolina and NC State
Yellow Jackets play Tar Heels Thursday and Wolfpack Saturday
Nov. 7, 2012
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THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech volleyball team is set to host No. 22 North Carolina on Thursday and NC State on Saturday at O’Keefe Gym. Both matches are set for 7 p.m.
Both matches are available on GameTracker and will be streamed live on All-Access via www.RamblinWreck.com.
Listen live on WREK 91.1 FM.
Thursday’s match is “White Out Night”. White shakers will be handed out upon entering O’Keefe and the first 200 people receive a free t-shirt.
The Yellow Jackets will honor the team’s five seniors prior to the match on Saturday for Senior Night. Tech will honor seniors Susan Carlson, Annie Czarnecki, Bailey Hunter, Monique Mead and Nicki Meyer.
Senior Monique Mead needs just 24 kills to become the all-time leader in Georgia Tech history. She is also 25 digs away from 1,000 in her career.
Georgia Tech (16-10, 7-8 ACC)
The Yellow Jackets are looking to bounce back from a tough weekend in Virginia. Tech dropped two matches, falling to Virginia, 3-2, and Virginia Tech, 3-1. Tech is tied for fifth in the most recent ACC standings.
Georgia Tech leads the league in service aces per set (1.80) and is second in hitting percentage (.257). Individually, Annie Czarnecki ranks third with a .402 hitting percentage, Monique Mead is second in kills per set (3.87), Kaleigh Colson is second in the ACC with 10.43 assists per set and four Yellow Jackets are in the top 10 for service aces per set.
The Yellow Jackets are among the NCAA leaders. The squad is No. 4 in aces/set and No. 28 in hitting percentage. Mead ranks No. 5 in service aces per set (0.52) and Czarnecki’s hitting percentage is ranked 10th nationally.
North Carolina (21-4, 12-3)
The Tar Heels are riding some serious momentum heading into the match, after defeating two ranked ACC teams at home this past weekend in No. 11 FSU and No. 23 Miami. With eight-straight wins, North Carolina is in third place in the ACC.
As a team, UNC is in the top five in each of the ACC’s statistical categories. Freshman Paige Neuenfeldt is fifth in the league, averaging 1.18 blocks per set. The Tar Heels are hitting at a .240 clip, while allowing its opponents a stingy .171 percentage.
Earlier this season, UNC swept Tech in Chapel Hill, N.C. Freshman Chanell Clark-Bibbs led the Yellow Jackets with a .529 hitting percentage (9 of 17). The Tar Heels put up 22 block assists and hit .295 as a team in the win.
NC State (19-7, 9-6)
The Wolfpack hopes to snap a four-game losing skid this weekend against Clemson on Friday and the Yellow Jackets Saturday night. With a 9-6 record in ACC play, NC State is in fourth place.
The Pack has a balanced attack with three players that have over 200 kills led by Dariyan Hoppers’ 247 (2.74/set). NC State is second in the league in opponent hitting percentage (.167) and aces per game (1.35). Nikki Glass is third in the league and leads the team with 0.38 aces per set.
Earlier this season, Tech hit just .195 in a loss at NC State in five sets. Mead and Bailey Hunter each tallied double-digit kills, and Jennifer Percy added nine of her own. For the Wolfpack, Brie Merriwether had a team-high 13 kills.