2015 Recruits

Gabby Benda - 5-11 S Raleigh, NC (Marquette/Wakefield/Triangle) - Transfer from Marquette ... Led Marquette with 864 assists as a freshman in 2014 ... Big East Freshman of the Week 29 Sep 2014 ... Career-high 60 assists and 15 digs 18 Oct vs. Seton Hall ... Won North Carolina Class AAAA state championship in 2013 as senior at Wakefield HS ... 2013-14 Under Armor Honorable Mention All-American ... Also hit right side in high school ... Participated in 2013 Girls' Youth A2 Invitational Team Training Program in Colorado Springs, CO ... Two-time MVP on Wakefield's swim team.

Lauren Frerking - 6-0 MB Norcross, GA (Wesleyan/A5) - Played for club team that finished tied for 3rd in 18 Open at the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships and 6th place in 18 Open at the AAU Girls National Championships ... "Just missed" PrepVolleyball.com's 2015 Senior Aces list ... Won 2013 Georgia AA State Championship ... 2013 Georgia AA All-State team ... 2013 Gwinnett Post Player of the Year ... Sister Katie plays basketball at Auburn ... Brother Andrew plays football at Baylor ... Father Bill played basketball at UMKC and is a member of their Hall of Fame ... Has also played softball, basketball and soccer.


NCAA Selection Show

The NCAA Volleyball Tournament Selection Show is at 8:30pm ET tonight (30 Nov) on ESPNU.

My guess is the ACC will get five teams in. North Carolina gets the conference's automatic bid. Florida State, Miami and Duke all have top-30 RPIs and should be shoe-ins for the field of 64.

The fifth team, based on ACC record, should be Pitt. However, Pitt's RPI is right around 50 as their non-conference schedule turned out weaker than they expected, which would put them on the bubble. They did beat Duke during the regular season, but being swept by Virginia Tech kept them out of the top four. In the end, in a strong ACC year with three ranked teams, and a clear demarkation between the top five and the other ten, Pitt deserves a spot as the ACC's fifth NCAA entrant.

Miami heads to Gainsville to play Central Florida in the Ames Region.

Florida State is hosting as the #6 seed as part of the Seattle Region and will face Jacksonville in the first round.

North Carolina is hosting as the #7 seed as part of the Minneapolis Region and will face Hampton in the first round.

Duke heads to Washington to play Hawaii in the first round in the Seattle Region.

Pitt was not selected, so the ACC gets four. 


Tech tames Tigers in finale

The Jackets played their most resilient volleyball of the season in a 25-23, 29-27, 25-21 win over Clemson Friday afternoon in Atlanta. It was Tech's first and only three-set win in ACC play for 2014.

Senior outside Courtney Felinski played one of the best matches of her career with 12 kills, 9 digs, 2 blocks and 3 service aces. Two of those aces became the critical turning point late in the second set that put the Jackets on the road to victory. Sophomore rightside Annika Van Gunst was stellar with 14 kills, hitting .519. Freshman outside Ashley Askin brought her best, recording 10 kills for the first time in her college career.

Junior setter Callie Bivings and sophomore setter Rebecca Martin combined for 44 assists and helped their teammates to a .309 hitting percentage.

Sophomore libero London Ackerman led the back row with 18 digs. Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst added 11. The team played great defense, holding Clemson to a .228 hitting percentage.

Tech ends the season at 13-18, which is one more win than the team recorded last year. Their 6-12 ACC record put them in a four-way tie for 9th, which is better than the predicted finish of 13th by the coaches at the beginning of the season. It was also the first time since 2010 that the Yellow Jackets finished the season with a win, which always makes the year feel better.

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Canes take out Tech

When it was good in the first set, it was great, but the Jackets were not able to sustain the high level of play after the first set, falling to Miami 25-21, 12-25, 17-25, 23-25. The team fought back hard in the fourth, but fell just short of sending the match to a fifth set.

Senior outside Courtney Felinski led with 12 kills and sophomore rightside Annika Van Gunst added 10.

Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst led the back row with 12 digs with sophomore libero London Ackerman contributing 10.

At 5-12 in the ACC, Tech will finish either 13th with a loss in their final match, or as high as a four-way tie for 9th with a win and then losses by Wake Forest and Boston College. A five-way tie is possible if NC State beats #21 Duke.

Clemson comes to the O'Keefe Gym for the season finale Friday at 3:00pm. The match will be seen on ESPN3 and will not be on radio.

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As we wrap up the regular season, here are the current RPIs for the ACC. The conference has a shot at as many as five bids (my guess) to the NCAA Tournament.

3. Florida State
6. North Carolina
21. Duke
28. Miami
47. Virginia Tech
51. Pittsburgh
59. Virginia
97. Louisville
100. NC State
104. Clemson
134, Boston College
135. Georgia Tech
142. Wake Forest
173. Notre Dame
208. Syracuse 


Jackets lose final road match

Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst had 11 kills, hitting .393, in Georgia Tech's 18-25, 23-25, 14-25 loss to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA Saturday night.

Sophomore libero London Ackerman led the back row with 15 digs.

Tech needs one more win to equal their conference win total from last year.

Miami visits the O'Keefe Gym Wednesday at 6:00pm.

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Loss at Virginia assures losing season

Sophomore middle Lauren Pitz had a career-high 12 kills and senior outside Courtney Felinksi earned her second career double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs, but Tech fell short to Virginia 25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 21-25 in Charlottesville, VA Friday night.

The loss dropped Tech to 12-16 on the year, assuring them of their third losing season in the last four years. It is also their 10th ACC loss, the fourth year in a row of double-digit conference losses.

Sophomore rightside Annika Van Gunst added 13 kills and freshman defensive specialist Annika Olsen led the back row with 14 digs.

The team faces Virginia Tech Saturday night in Tech's last road match of the season.

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Felinski shines on Senior Night

Senior outside Courtney Felinski made the most of her Senior Night with a career-high-tying 16 kills and a career-high 11 digs for her first career double-double to lead Tech to a 22-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12 win over Boston College Friday night in Atlanta.

Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst also recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 20 digs. Freshman middle Sydney Wilson tied her career-high with 10 kills. Sophomore rightside Annika Van Gunst added 12 kills.

Freshman defensive specialist Annika Olsen led the back row with a career-high 21 digs and sophomore libero London Ackerman added 19. Sophmore setter Rebecca Martin handed out 54 assists and freshman middle Lauren Pitz was involved in 6 of Tech's 8 blocks.

The Jackets travel to Virginia next Friday night.

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Errors doom Yellow Jackets

The Jackets out-errored NC State 34-16 in a 21-25, 12-25, 19-25 loss Sunday afternoon in Raleigh, NC. For the first time this season, a Tech opponent finished with less than 10 hitting errors as the Wolfpack hit .398, the highest hitting percentage of any opponent this year. The Jackets also recorded only 30 digs, their second-lowest total in a three-set match (22 vs. Florida State).

Tech looked like the might keep up with NC State when they hit .400 to State's .367, but the wheels came off in the second set during a 9-1 Wolfpack run and the Jackets never truly recovered.

Freshman middle Sydney Wilson led Tech with 8 kills, hitting .312. Sophomore libero London Ackermann led the back row with 9 digs.

Tech is back in action Friday evening at 5:00pm for Senior Night, just prior to the men's basketball team taking on Georgia.

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Jackets Russelled up by Deacs

Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst had 17 kills and 11 each from senior outside Courtney Felinski and sophomore rightside Annika Van Gunst, but Demon Deacon outside Jazmen Russell pounded Tech for 29 kills, hitting .471, as the Jackets fell 22-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19, 6-15 to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem Friday night.

It was the fourth consecutive match for Tech that went the full five sets. The Jackets are 2-2 in those matches.

Sophomore setter Rebecca Martin recorded 33 assists and led the back row with 15 digs.

The road swing ends Sunday afternoon at NC State.

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Tech treated to first ACC road win

Senior outside Courtney Felinski had 13 kills and sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst added 13 kills with 13 digs as Tech outlasted Notre Dame 17-25, 25-12, 11-25, 25-23, 15-11 Friday night in South Bend, IN. It was the first time this season that the Jackets didn't lose back-to-back matches and the first ACC road win of the year. For Van Gunst it was her 11th double-double.

Sophomore libero London Ackerman led the back row with 20 digs - her third match in a row with 20 or more. Senior Ashtaan Horton came off the bench to record 6 kills and hitting .625. Sophomore setter Rebecca Martin finished with 41 assists.

Tech gets to enjoy the rest of homecoming weekend when they get back to Atlanta. They will travel to Wake Forest next Friday night.

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