Aug. 26, 2017
– Battling through all five sets, Georgia Tech volleyball (0-2) fell to
Furman (1-1), 3-2, on Saturday morning at O’Keefe Gymnasium. Tech plays its
final match of the Hyatt Regency Invitational at 8 p.m. on Saturday against
No. 17 Michigan State.
Head coach Michelle Collier says:
“I thought we showed a lot of resilience to win that fourth set and kept
fighting in the fifth. It was definitely a big improvement from last night
but I still feel we are beating ourselves more than our opponent is. We
need to take care of the ball and make some plays on our side a little
better to be able to finish matches like that. We have to continue to
improve, stay focused on the process and where we are going. We’ve got
another opportunity to play a great team tonight on our home court.”
How it happened:
The two teams traded points early in the first but Tech used an 8-2 run
sparked by senior Ashley Askin to take a 10-5 edge. The Paladins brought it
back within two but a block from seniors Sydney Wilson and Gabriela
Stavnetchei triggered another run by the Jackets to put the set out of
reach for Furman. Wilson found the floor with a kill to seal the set for
the Jackets at 25-15.
The Jackets carried that momentum into the second, coming out to a 9-5 lead
but the Paladins clawed their way back into the set, tying the Jackets at
10-10 before taking the lead at 12-11. Wilson kept the Jackets close with
back-to-back kills but an 8-0 run by the Paladins put the set in Furman’s
hands. The Jackets fought back with a 4-0 run but the set was out of reach
and the Paladins tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-20 win of the second.
Tech bounced back, taking a 10-4 advantage in the third but again Furman
came back, knotting the match up at 12. The Paladins briefly took the lead
but Tech held tough and tied it at 14 off a block from Wilson and junior
Lauren Frerking before retaking the lead. It looked like the set was in the
Tech’s pocket at 23-18 from a Stavnetchei kill but an 8-0 run fueled Furman
to the win, taking a 2-1 advantage.
It looked like Furman was going to seal the match in the fourth with the
set at 17-10 but sophomore Kodie Comby stepped up to the plate, throwing
down six of her career high 15 kills in the fourth to keep the Jackets
alive. Comby tied the game at 23-23 and the two teams traded points before
another kill from Comby put Tech ahead at 26-25 before taking the set at
The fifth set was well matched featuring 16 ties. Tech and Furman fought to
a tie at 20 before Furman put away the set and the match at 22-20.
Four Jackets put up double-digit kills in Stavnetchei (14), Wilson (12),
Askin (12) and Comby (15). Freshman Cori Clifton tallied eight kills,
doubling her total from Friday night’s debut and hitting at a .389 clip.
Freshman Nicole Alford set for 13 assists and senior Gabby Benda put up 45
assists, a high for the senior while in a Yellow Jacket uniform (she
totaled 60 in 2014 while playing for Marquette.)
Tech gets right back in the gym tonight at 8 p.m. when it takes on No. 17
Michigan State in the final match of the Hyatt Regency Invitational. Fans
can purchase tickets for the evening session, which starts at 6 p.m. with
. Parking is available in Peters Parking Deck, located next to Bobby Dodd
– Freshmen Nicole Alford and Alessia Del Romano made their first career
– Kodie Comby recorded a career high 15 kills, leading the Jackets on
– Comby tied her career best in block assists with five.
– Four Jackets reached double digit kills in Stavnetchei, Comby, Wilson and
– Stavnetchei posted her first double-double of the season with 14 kills
and 16 digs.
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