Volleyball Outlasts Georgia Tech for First ACC Win
Janelle Jenkins had 19 kills and Tess Clark added 18 as the two University of Louisville middle blockers pushed the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over Georgia Tech to register the first ACC win.
The Cards, who hit .286 and four aces and six blocks, won the first two sets before letting Georgia Tech back in the match. UofL won 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 24-26, 15-10 and moved its record to 9-5. Katie George had a double-double with 52 assists and 12 digs as did Maya McClendon, who had 15 kills and 19 digs.
"Our middle blockers were unbelievable and we lived and died on what they did. Janelle Jenkins and Tess Clark imposed their will in the fifth set and it gave us such a lift and confidence," said UofL head coach Anne Kordes. "Georgia Tech was a scrappy team and they came at us relentlessly. Every match will be like this in the ACC, so we will be excited for the rest of the day today and then concentrate on two tough matches we have coming up at Virginia and Virginia Tech."
Georgia Tech outblocked the Cards with seven and hit .259 with four aces and drops to 7-8 overall and 0-2 in the ACC. UofL had no answer for Annika Van Guns, who had 27 kills, an ace and three blocks. Her twin, Teegan, had 18 kills and 22 digs.
UofL powered out to an 18-6 lead in the first set forcing Georgia Tech to burn both timeouts. GT mounted a furious rally to get within one at 23-22 including a 13-5 run. The Cards were saved when Courtney Felinski made a service error to end the run and give the Cardinals set point. Maya McClendon crushed one from the left side to give the Cards the 25-22 win.
In the second set, UofL used a 5-1 run to gain breathing room at 19-10 and then Tess Clark closed out the game with six kills. The Cards hit .389 and Lyndsay Palmer had three aces to keep GT out of system.
After tying at 7, Georgia Tech ran off four straight points to go up 11-7 and the Cards never led again. UofL got within three at 18-15 but scored just three more points hampered by a .184 hitting percentage. The Van Gunst twins combined for 10 kills in the set to pace GT.
The Cards were playing catchup well into the fourth set and finally took the lead at at 19-18. A Maya McClendon kill and a block by Katie George and Janelle Jenkins gave UofL set and match point but Tech scored three straight including an ace by Rebecca Martin for the winning point to force a fifth set.
In the deciding set, the two teams traded points before the Cards had a little 3-0 run to break open the stalemate. GT caught back up at 11-10 on a Louisville error but the Cards rolled in the last four straight points for the 15-10 win.
The Cards travel to Virginia Tech on Friday at 7 p.m. before heading out to Charlottesville to face Virginia at 5 p.m. The match with UVa has a new match time after the Cavs' football game time was set by television. Read More [+]