OMAHA, Neb. – No. 23 Georgia Tech volleyball noticed its most profitable season in additional than a decade come to an in depth with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-18) loss to third-seeded Minnesota within the second spherical of the 2020-21 NCAA Match on Thursday night at CHI Well being Heart.
Georgia Tech (14-5) led in each set however couldn’t overcome a .359 hitting share and 9 blocks by Minnesota (15-2) within the second-round defeat.
Tech’s Mariana Brambilla led all gamers with 16 kills. Julia Bergmann added 11 kills whereas Mikaila Dowd led the Yellow Jackets with 10 digs and Erin Moss had a team-high 5 blocks.
Despite the defeat, the Jackets put collectively one of many best seasons in program historical past in 2020-21. Regardless of splitting the season between the autumn and spring and seeing the NCAA Championship subject decreased from 64 to 48 groups as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, Tech earned its first NCAA Match berth since 2009 and, with Wednesday’s opening-round win over Lipscomb, claimed this system’s first NCAA Match win since 2004. The Jackets had been ranked within the American Volleyball Coaches Affiliation prime 25 all through the whole season.
The longer term can be fairly brilliant for Tech, as its prime 9 gamers when it comes to matches and units performed in 2020-21, even have at the very least two seasons of eligibility remaining, together with 5 gamers which were all-Atlantic Coast Convention alternatives through the course of their careers – Bergmann (three seasons of eligibility remaining), Brambilla (2), Mikaila Dowd (2), Kayla Kaiser (2) and Matti McKissock (2).
Put up-match Press Convention
Put up-match press convention: Head coach Michelle Collier and MB Kayla Kaiser