Florida State is the overall #9 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host Colorado State, Purdue and Hofstra. Miami is headed to Gainesville, FL to play College of Charleston, and, with a win, host and #14 seed Florida. North Carolina will face California in Ames, IA. They will likely face #15 seed Iowa State with a win. NC State, in the tournament for the first time since 1987, will face Texas A&M in Austin, TX. The reward for a win? A shot at #3 seed Texas.
The Seminoles beat Miami 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 29-27 Friday afternoon in Tallahassee to capture the ACC volleyball crown and earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is Sunday at 4:00pm on ESPNU. See story.
Senior rightside Monique Mead was named to the All-ACC team today. Mead is the fourth Tech player to make the All-ACC team four years straight (Andrea Nachtrieb, Cris Omiecinski, Lynnette Moster). She is joined by freshman middle Chanell Clark-Bibbs who made the All-Freshman team. See story.
The Jackets fell to Clemson 17-25, 14-25, 21-25 Tuesday afternoon in Clemson, SC to finish the season with a 10-10 ACC record, 19-12 overall. Senior rightside Monique Mead finished with 10 kills and 11 digs for her 36th career double-double. Senior outside Bailey Hunter added 8 kills and 11 digs in her final outing. Junior setter Kayleigh Colson also notched a double-double with 33 assists and 11 digs. Again, my thanks to the seniors and their families for a great run. As always, looking forward to continued improvement in 2013! See story and box score.
Senior rightside Monique Mead had 14 kills and 10 digs while senior outside Bailey Hunter added 10 kills to lead Tech to a 25-16, 25-18, 28-26 win over Wake Forest Friday night in Atlanta, GA. The Jackets finished 8-3 at home in ACC play and 12-3 overall. Many thanks to the five seniors for four great years and best wishes for all of you on your futures! Also thanks to Brittany Roderick for being a great broadcast partner this season and filling in while I was out of town. See story and box score.
Senior rightside Monique Mead had 22 kills, hitting .304, and recorded her 1000th career dig, but it wasn't enough as Tech lost to Duke 23-25, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25 in Atlanta, GA Thursday night. Senior outside hitter Bailey Hunter added 11 kills and senior libero Nicki Meyer led the back row with 15 digs. Junior setter Kayleigh Colson recorded a double-double with 52 assists and 10 digs. See story and box score.
Senior rightside Monique Mead had 17 kills to become Tech's career kills leader and junior outside Jennifer Percy added 10, hitting .300, as the Jackets beat NC State 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16 Friday night in Atlanta, GA. Seniors Bailey Hunter and Anne Czarnecki each had 8 kills on the night. Seniors Nicky Meyer and Susan Carlson had 17 and 12 digs, respectively. The team also totalled a season-high 65 digs, holding the Wolfpack to 44 kills and a .176 hitting percentage. See story and box score.
Senior rightside Monique Mead had 20 kills and 11 digs while senior outside Bailey Hunter added 15 kills as Tech beat #22 North Carolina 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 19-25, 18-16 Friday night in Atlanta, GA. The win ended North Carolina's eight-match winning streak and move the Jackets to 10-2 at home on the season. Senior libero Nicki Meyer led the back row with 18 digs. Junior setter Kayleigh Colson notched a double-double with 48 assists and 10 digs. Tech also saw improvement in their blocking as they picked up 12 team blocks (4 solo, 16 assisted) to match the Tar Heels, including a big block by senior middle Anne Czarnecki to end the match. See story and box score.
Tech went to Blacksburg Saturday night to try and stop their recent slide, but came away empty in a 15-25, 15-25, 25-23, 25-27 loss to Virginia Tech. The Jackets are now 1-4 since losing to Florida State at home and 2-6 since Duke ended Tech's three-match winning streak on 13 Oct. See story and box score.
Here are the numbers over the last five matches since the loss to FSU:
Why are we losing? One reason is blocking. We are getting blocked much more now than were earlier this season. We've averaged 1.35 blocks per set since losing to FSU, while our opponents have averaged 2.48 blocks per set against us. Prior to the slide, we were averaging 2.3 blocks per set, while our opponents averaged 1.81 blocks per set against us. While one of the five matches was against Miami, the best blocking team in the conference, Virginia Tech had more blocks against us (14.5) than Miami (14). The Hokies managed only 3 blocks against us in Atlanta.