Both the men’s and women’s teams wrapped up their fall regular season slate at the Alabama Crimson Classic this weekend. Against several large conference opponents, the women blew away the rest of the field, finishing first in their event, the six kilometer run. Though no individual dominated, putting two finishers in the top ten and five in the top thirty against a field of thirty teams is as strong as a showing as Tech could ask for to close the season strongly. Meanwhile, on the men’s side, the Jackets finished just fourteen points shy of a first place title. Middle Tennessee State and Alabama tied for the win, with the Jackets, lead by senior Nahom Solomon, just behind them. All in all, a strong showing for the Yellow Jackets as they set their sites on the ACC crown.
This Week: Both the men and women are off this week.
The men’s golf team steamrolled the competition last week at the Franklin American Mortgage Collegiate. Tech has started the fall in dominant fashion, securing two wins and falling just a stroke short of a third. The Jackets closed the tournament by ripping off several birdies and an eagle to pass Mississippi State on their way to an eight stroke victory. Tech looks excellent and hopes to carry this solid play over to the spring, after they take care of business this weekend closer to home.
This week: Golf’s final fall tournament starts Friday in Alpharetta.
This weekend’s tournament, hosted by Tech and organized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, featured several veteran Yellow Jackets. Tech’s Elijah Melendez, Phillip Gresk, Carlos Divar, and Michael Kay all played themselves into the Round of 32 on their home courts. However, sadly, all four lost close sets to drop from the draw following the Round of 32. Additionally, a doubles team of Divar and Kay fell to a Florida State in the early stages of the doubles draw.
This week: ITA Regionals continue at the Ken Byers’ Tennis Complex through Tuesday, minus the Yellow Jacket hopefuls. Tech rests for the next two weeks.
Only freshman Victoria Flores reached the main draw of the Palmetto Pink Open, on the International Tennis Federation professional circuit, after fellow Jacket newcomer Ida Jarlskog was defeated earlier in the qualifier. However, she fell in the second round after losing a nail-biter of a first set and a less-close second set.
This week: The women head to Athens for their ITA Southeastern Regionals.
Tech split the doubleheader against Lee last weekend, losing the first game 8-4 and winning the latter 11-1. They headed into their closing pair of games against Georgia Highlands at 5-1 on the fall. Though the competition isn’t what they’ll see in the ACC come spring, hopefully this is a sign that rookie head coach Aileen Morales is meshing well with her new team. Coming from a softball family, I, for one, am excited to see what they put together in the spring.
Softball has finished their fall tune-up games but expect Georgia Highlands results next week.
Friday, October 13th:
Georgia Tech (8 - 10) spikes Notre Dame (13 - 5) 19-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-22 (3 - 1)
Sunday, October 15th:
Louisville (13 - 5) sweeps Georgia Tech (8 - 11) 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 (3 - 0)
Interestingly enough, head coach Michelle Collier has never lost to Notre Dame. Conversely, dropping in straight sets to Louisville is a lot less fun fact. However, Tech was the underdog by a significant margin against both of these teams on the road. One win is nice. But Tech, as always, is out for two, and they didn’t get both this weekend. There wasn’t much thrill in Sunday’s matchup. Tech managed a few strong rallies, and, especially in the middle game, showed a lot of heart, but inconsistency continues to put the Jackets in a hole. They need to string a few more points together, make a few more plays, and execute on a few more rallies. They’re not a bad team, but they certainly aren’t world beaters so far this year. Does that make them less exciting to watch? No. They’re talented, and have shown they can win against strong teams like the Fighting Irish. So, if you’re in town for homecoming this weekend, be sure to stop by O’Keefe to watch some Jackets out for revenge take on those pesky northeastern schools starting Friday night.
This week: Syracuse and Boston College, both of whom gave Tech fits last weekend, pay a return visit to Atlanta.
What football game Saturday?
This week on the Flats: Homecoming events start off with the Mini 500 on Friday afternoon, volleyball plays Syracuse that night, the Ramblin’ Wreck Parade happens at 9:00 Saturday morning, and conclude with the football game against Wake Forest at 7:30. Volleyball also plays Boston College Sunday.