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Georgia Tech Slips Past Furman In 3-1 Thriller

Georgia Tech Slips Past Furman In 3-1 Thriller

CLEMSON, S.C. – Monique Mead notched 29 kills to lead the Georgia Tech volleyball team to a 3-1 (17-25, 25-19, 25-22, 29-27) win over Furman Thursday night at Jervey Gymnasium in Clemson, S.C.

The teams battled through a close beginning to the first set.  With the score tied at ten, the Paladins reeled off four-straight points, but the Yellow Jackets answered with three points of their own.  The score remained within two at 17-15 until Furman put together a 6-1 to lead 23-16.  The Paladins capitalized off a Georgia Tech attack error, then a service ace by junior Natalie Braun sealed the 25-17 set victory for Furman.

Georgia Tech came out strong to open set two, quickly building a 10-3 lead.  With the Yellow Jackets leading 20-11, the Paladins put together a 7-2 run to cut the lead to four points at 22-18.  Georgia Tech then forced two Paladin hitting errors to lead 24-18.  Senior Alexis Shaffer scored a kill to keep Furman in the set, but a final kill from Mead gave the Yellow Jackets the 25-19 set win to even the match score.

Following the break, the Yellow Jackets again jumped out to a quick 14-5 lead.  The Paladins battled back to trim the Georgia Tech lead to 15-10, and the teams traded points back and forth, as the Yellow Jackets held a six-point lead at 23-17.  Furman then scored three straight to pull within three, but another kill from Mead pushed the Georgia Tech advantage to 24-20.  The Paladins answered with a kill from senior Kelly Kirby, and a Yellow Jacket hitting error put Furman back in the match, down 24-22.  Mead again came through for Georgia Tech, placing the match out of reach with a kill to give her team the 25-22 win.

Set four opened with the teams battling to a 9-9 tie.  Furman scored three-straight points to lead 12-9.  With the Paladins up 17-13, Georgia Tech answered with a 5-1 run to tie the match at 18.  The teams traded points, forcing a 20-all tie.  The Paladins scored three-consecutive points to lead 23-20 then led 24-21 following a kill from Kirby.  The Yellow Jackets took advantage of a Furman attack error, then kills from Mead and Jennifer Percy tied the match at 24.  Georgia Tech went ahead off a kill by Alexis Woodson, but Kirby notched another kill to tie the match at 25-all.  The teams again traded points and remained tied at 27-27, before a final kill from Mead, followed by a kill from Asia Stawicka gave the Yellow Jackets a 29-27 set four victory to end the match.

Kirby recorded a triple-double in the match, notching 13 kills, a team-high 34 assists, and 12 digs.  Braun had a double-double and led the Paladins with 15 kills and 23 digs.  Junior Chandler Ambrester also posted a double-double for the Paladins, tallying 12 kills and 19 digs, while Shaffer had five blocks in the match-up.

Asia Stawicka hit .500 with nine kills for Georgia Tech (7-3), while Ali Santi added a team-high 47 assists plus 17 digs.  Nicki Meyer led the Yellow Jackets with 18 digs.

Furman (7-5) will open the Southern Conference season on Sept. 22 at Davidson at 7 p.m.