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Georgia Tech 22 13 25 22
South Carolina 25 25 18 25
Teegan Van Gunst (GT): 13 K, 8 D, .294 hit
Annika Van Gunst (GT): 12 K, 6 blk, .360 hit
KoKo Atoa-Williams (JU): 18 K, .306 hit
2014 ACC Standings
  ACC Overall  
  W L Pct. W L Pct. Streak
Clemson 0 0 .000 4 0 1.000 W 4
#21 Duke 0 0 .000 3 0 1.000 W 3
Miami 0 0 .000 3 0 1.000 W 3
Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 3 0 1.000 W 3
Virginia 0 0 .000 3 0 1.000 W 3
#13 Florida State 0 0 .000 2 0 1.000 W 2
Boston College 0 0 .000 2 1 .667 L 1
Georgia Tech 0 0 .000 2 1 .667 L 1
#20 North Carolina 0 0 .000 2 1 .667 L 1
NC State 0 0 .000 2 1 .667 W 2
Syracuse 0 0 .000 2 1 .667 W 1
Wake Forest 0 0 .000 2 1 .667 L 1
Louisville 0 0 .000 1 1 .500 W 1
Virginia Tech 0 0 .000 1 2 .333 L 1
Notre Dame 0 0 .000 0 2 .000 L 2
Fri 29 Aug
Boston College 3, Holy Cross 0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-16)
#21 Duke 3, North Florida 0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-19)
Clemson 3, USC Upstate 1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-17)
Pittsburgh 3, Middle Tennessee State 0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21)
Wake Forest 3, Texas State 1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22)
Butler 3, Virginia Tech 1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-17)
Georgia Tech 3, Jacksonville 0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17)
#6 Wisconsin 3, Louisville 0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-17)
#20 North Carolina 3, Southern Illinois 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-23)
Eastern Washington 3, NC State 2 (16-25, 16-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-11)
Miami 3, Seton Hall 0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-22)
Boston College 3, Hartford 0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-21)
Clemson 3, Austin Peay 0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-16)
#21 Duke 3, High Point 1 (25-19, 25-19, 15-25, 25-23)
#13 Florida State 3, #7 Nebraska 1 (18-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-23)
Virginia 3, Illinois-Chicago 1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-18, 25-23)
#12 Minnesota 3, Notre Dame 0 (26-24, 27-25, 25-18)
Sat 30 Aug
NC State 3, Fairfield 1 (19-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-16)
Pittsburgh 3, Dayton 0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-12)
Georgia Tech 3, Gardner-Webb 0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-20)
Syracuse 3, Delaware State 0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-16)
Virginia Tech 3, Wichita State 0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-21)
Miami 3, Florida A&M 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-15)
Clemson 3, UNC Asheville 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-14)
Virginia 3, Eastern Michigan 1 (21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22)
#20 North Carolina 3, Long Beach State 0 (25-23, 25-10, 25-22)
Wake Forest 3, Lamar 0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-21)
#21 Duke 3, Furman 0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-21)
Clemson 3, Troy 1 (24-26, 25-19, 26-24, 25-19)
#6 Wisconsin, Notre Dame (25-16, 25-15, 25-16)
Houston 3, Wake Forest 2 (18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 15-11)
Temple 3, Syracuse 2 (17-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-16, 15-13)
Marist 3, Boston College 2 (19-25, 25-27, 25-15, 25-16, 15-10)
South Carolina 3, Georgia Tech 1 (25-22, 25-13, 18-25, 25-22)
Louisville 3, #12 Minnesota 1 (25-21, 25-27, 27-25, 28-26)
Miami 3, Florida Gulf Coast 0 (25-10, 25-19, 25-17)
Virginia 3, Marshall 0 (27-25, 25-20, 28-26)
Pittsburgh 3, Bowling Green 0 (25-19, 25-7, 25-14)
#19 Kentucky 3, Virginia Tech 1 (25-21, 26-28, 25-20, 25-23)
#11 Illinois 3, #20 North Carolina 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-23)
Sun 31 Aug
#13 Florida State 3, Iowa State 0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-11)
Syracuse 3, Niagara 1 (26-16, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19) 
Tue 2 Sep
Campbell at #21 Duke, 6:30pm

Tech takes first loss at South Carolina

Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst had 13 kills, hitting .294 and earning a spot on the all-tournament team, but it wasn't enough as South Carolina beat Georgia Tech 25-22, 25-13, 18-25, 25-22 Saturday night in Columbia, SC. Sophomore outside Annika Van Gunst and senior outside Courtney Felinski added 12 kills each as three Jackets tallied double-figure kills. T Van Gunst added eight digs and A Van Gunst recorded six blocks.

Freshman libero Annika Olsen led the back row with a career-high 18 digs. Junior setter Callie Bivings earned a double-double with 24 assists and 10 digs.

Freshman middle Sydney Wilson contributed a career-best eight kills and seven blocks, while senior middle Ashtaan Horton hit .500 with nine kills and five blocks.

Errors contributed to Tech's downfall with 14 service errors and six receive errors, compared to only five service errors for the Gamecocks.

The Jackets remain on the road next weekend at the SMU Invite, starting at 8:00pm Friday.

See story and box score.


Frosh get experience in win over Gardner-Webb

Freshman defensive specialist Annika Olsen recorded 16 digs in her first appearance at libero in Georgia Tech's 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 win over Gardner-Webb Saturday morning in Columbia, SC. Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst led the offense with 10 kills, hitting .333., with nine digs.

Senior middle Ashtaan Horton and sophomore outside Annika Van Gunst each added seven kills. Horton hit a career-high .462 and Van Gunst hit .385. The Jackets hit .315 as a team.

In addition to Olsen, Tech's youth got fully involved in this match. Sophomore middle Lauren Pitz notched the first three kills and first block of her Tech career. Freshman outside Ashley Askin played in all three sets, picking up her first five Yellow Jacket kills to go with three digs and a block. Freshman outside Gabriela Stavnetchei pounded out her first Tech kill. Freshman middle Sydney Wilson added three kills and three blocks in her second start.

Junior setter Rebecca Martin earned 32 assists and junior setter Callie Bivings added five when she saw action in the first set.

Tech faces their toughest test for the weekend Saturday evening against the host Gamecocks.

See story and box score.


Jackets open with win over Dolphins

Senior middle Ashtaan Horton more than doubled her career totals with 11 kills and seven blocks to lead Georgia Tech to a 25-19, 25-10, 25-17 win over Jacksonville in Columbia, SC Friday evening. Senior outside Courtney Felinski was nearly unstoppable with 10 kills, hitting .476.

Horton came into the season having appeared in only nine sets, recording five kills and three blocks total.

The Jackets started slow in the first set, but once they found their rhythm, it was all over for the Dolphins. Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst pouned out 10 kills and sophomore outside Annika Van Gunst recorded 13 digs. Sophomore libero London Ackerman led the back row with 17 digs.

Freshman middle Sydney Wilson saw her first action, backing out four kills and picking up four blocks. Freshman defensive specialist Annika Olsen recorded her first two aces to go with six digs. She served eight-straight points late in the second set to put that game out of reach. Teegan Van Gunst served seven-straight to push Tech to an early 11-4 lead in the second.

Junior setter Rebecca Martin tallied 35 assists, helping her team to a .314 hitting percentage.

Next up is two on Saturday, including the finale against South Carolina which will be available online as part of the SEC Network+ (ESPN3).

See story and box score.


Gold/White scrimmage provides first look at 2014

The Jackets held their annual Gold/White Scrimmage Saturday (23 Aug) on the new floor in the O'Keefe Gym. A new conference logo and a new coaching staff provided an opportunity for Tech to resurface O'Keefe, providing a new shine to the most intimidating venue in the ACC.

The format was five sets, with players moving between teams after each set to give first-year head coach Michelle Collier and her staff a chance to try various combinations in preparation for the 29 Aug season opener.

Senior outside hitter Courtney Felinski recorded 16 kills on the day to lead Tech as four others joined her in double-digits. Felinski and sophomore libero London Ackerman are likely the only "sure things" going into the season as Jackets lost four seniors to graduation and two others to off-season attrition, leaving Tech to fill at least four holes in the starting lineup. With the new coach and four new players - six if you count sophomore middle Lauren Pitz and senior middle Ashtaan Horton as new given their limited playing time last year - competition for a spot in the regular rotation is wide open.

The first decision is which of the junior setters will run the offense. Rebecca Martin earned more playing time than Callie Bivings last season. Martin is stronger physically and a better blocker, but it was Bivings whose side won four of the five sets at the scrimmage. Bivings' only loss came in the first set when she had all the inexperience on her side. Martin's physicality may get her the edge, but don't be surprised to see Bivings get playing time.

Attrition has put Tech in the position of replacing both middles this season and this is where Tech is the thinnest. Horton has played in only 9 sets in her career and spent her freshman year injured. She tallied only 4 kills in the scrimmage, but led the team with 10 (yes, 10!) blocks. She gets off the floor quickly, and if she's healthy, she could be a factor. Pitz appeared in only a couple points her first year, but recorded 10 kills and a block in the scrimmage. She's great behind the setter, but not so much in front. She might be an interesting option on the right side. Sophomore Annika Van Gunst is listed as a middle, but played on the pins in the scrimmage. Sophomore Teegan Van Gunst spent more time in the middle and struggled a bit, logging 13 hitting errors. Freshman Sydney Wilson led the middles with 12 kills and six blocks and could work her way into the starting lineup. She'll be even better when she gets in sync with her setter. The question is where do you go to start the year? It may depend on matchups. I'm likely wrong, but my guess is that one of the Van Gunsts and then Horton or Wilson will go first, but Pitz will definitely push for playing time.

Felinksi plus one of the Van Gunsts is the "easy" choice for the two outsides. However, freshman Ashley Askin pounded out 15 kills, three blocks and two aces in the scrimmage and definitely turned some heads. Coach Collier brought Brazillan freshman Gabriela Stavnetchei with her from Jacksonville and she earned eight kills and three blocks. She hits the ball hard. The trick is finding at least one outside who can play six rotations. This may be where Askin or Stavnetchei helps herself, but the returning players will be hard to dislodge.

Where to find a right side hitter? There isn't a pure right side hitter on the roster. Don't be surprised to see three outside hitters in the lineup who take the closest spot when up front and work to make good things happen. Also, the middles Tech has all hit well behind the setter and that may be where a significant number of "right side" kills originate.

In the back row, Ackerman owns the libero jersey. Junior Wimberly Wilson and freshman Annika Olsen will both see time replacing a right side and an outside. Wilson is high-effort, high-energy and Olsen is a passing machine. This may be one of Tech's better back rows once Olsen gets used to the speed of the game.

The big question is how this group will perform. Tech is coming of its worst season in 23 years. The coaching staff has turned over, and the signees other than the Texas girl stayed with the new staff. Collier improved Jacksonville quickly and it's hard to argue with 30-4. The coaches tabbed Tech to tread water and finish 13th. Tech was five ACC wins out of the upper half of the conference and three wins out of 10th. It's hard to see where three, much less five, more wins will come from with so many unknowns.

Playing their first nine matches away from home will give the team a chance to gel before facing Georgia in O'Keefe. If they can find themselves and get into a rhythm, they have the talent to make some noise and help the coaches continue to upgrade for 2015 and beyond.


ACC Coaches pick Florida State in 2014

The ACC coaches voted and tabbed Florida State as the favorite this season to win the 15-team leage. Maryland moves out to the Big Ten and former Big East member Louisville replaces the Terrapins. Louisville, picked to finish fifth, is a much better volleyball program than Maryland, which finished 14th last year. Georgia Tech was listed 13th as the coaches were not convinced that the coaching change will lead to any improvement over Tech's 12th place finish in 2013. The Jackets are coming off their worst season since 1990, finishing 12-20 overall and 6-14 in conference. The 14 ACC losses were a school record.

Tech did not earn any spots on the preseason All-ACC team.

The coaches ranked the conference this way:

  1. Florida State (7 first place votes)
  2. Duke (4)
  3. North Carolina (4)
  4. Miami
  5. Louisville
  6. Virginia
  7. NC State
  8. Syracuse
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Virginia Tech
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Clemson
  13. Georgia Tech
  14. Wake Forest
  15. Boston College



Season ends with loss at #16 FSU

Senior outside Jennifer Percy finished with 12 kills, hitting .321, as Georgia Tech lost to #16 Florida State 10-25, 13-25, 21-25 Friday afternoon in Tallahassee, FL. Senior middle Quinn Evans added 6 kills. The Jackets finish at 12-20 overall and 6-14 in the ACC. The 14 ACC losses are the most ever for Tech. The 20 losses are the most since losing 30 in 1990. A couple statistical oddities: this was the first match in which Tech recorded 0 blocks since a 3-0 loss at NC State on 13 Nov 2011, and it was the first match in which Tech recorded 0 service aces since a 3-1 loss at Denver on 18 Sep 2009. See story and box score.


Hurricanes down Jackets

Sophomore middle Chanell Clark-Bibbs had 13 kills and senior middle Quinn Evans added 11 as Tech fell to Miami 16-25, 25-16, 18-25, 18-25 in Coral Gables, FL Wednesday night. Freshman London Ackerman led the back row with 20 digs. The Jackets set a school record for ACC losses in a single season, falling to 6-13 on the year. Tech had 12 ACC losses in 2011 and 2013. The season wraps at Florida State Friday afternoon. See story and box score.


Tech tops Orange

Georgia Tech beat Syracuse 25-20, 21-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-13 Sunday afternoon in Atlanta to finish .500 at home both in conference (5-5) and overall (8-8). Senior outside Jennifer Percy finished her O'Keefe Gym careeer in strong fashion with 20 kills. Sophomore middle Chanell Clark-Bibbs added 11 kills and senior middle Quinn Evans pounded out 10. Freshman libero London Ackerman led the back row with 17 digs. Tech heads to Florida over Thanksgiving to close the 2013 season. See story and box score.


Seniors slam Boston College

The four seniors played together on Senior Night and put up a dominating performance to lead Tech to a 25-19, 25-11, 25-22 win over Boston College Friday night in Atlanta. The performance included 15 service aces, the second best in school history. It was also the first sweep by Tech since beating Jacksonville State in Knoxville back in September. Senior setter Kaleigh Colson notched her 23rd career double-double with 26 assists and 12 digs, adding 6 aces. Senior outside Jennifer Percy had 9 kills. Senior rightside Ivona Kolak added 7 kills and 6 digs. Senior middle Quinn Evans tallied 6 kills and 4 blocks. The 22 kills for Boston College were a season low by a Tech opponent. My thanks to all four for choosing Georgia Tech and the best of luck the rest of the season and in your future endeavors! See story and box score.


Duke tops Tech

Senior outside Jennifer Percy had 17 kills but the #13 Blue Devils were too much as Tech lost 25-23, 16-25, 21-25, 16-25 in Durham, NC Saturday night. Freshman libero London Ackerman led the back row with 17 digs. The 12th ACC loss of the year ties for the most ever ACC losses for the Jackets, first set in 2011 (8-12). The team returns home for their final two home matches of 2013 next weekend. See story and box score.