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Yellow Jacket Roundup: October 23rd, 2017

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SWEEP OR BE SWEPT

Freshman swimmer Franco Reyes returned home to a place he has seen quite some success in the past: Evanston, Illinois.

Men’s Golf

The golf team finished tied for a respectable fourth place against some top competition this weekend in Alpharetta. The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate featured highly regarded teams such as no. 3 Oklahoma State, no. 11 Wake Forest, and no. 15 Stanford. Though the weekend didn’t end with the ideal title, the fall slate of two wins in four tournaments, and never finishing lower than fourth place, proved productive for the Jackets, and, after a disappointing finish last season, they look ready to make a great run with their tremendous young talent in the spring.

Golf’s fall slate has concluded.

Swimming and Diving

Friday, October 21st: Notre Dame men’s and women’s teams sweep Tech, 175-125 and 203-95.

Saturday, October 22nd: Tech sweeps Northwestern right back, 209-85 and 153-147.

I have good news and bad news. Our freshman class this year is excellent. The bad news is that we have less depth in our junior and senior class. A chronic problem has been losing older swimmers, whether that’s an issue of school overwhelming them or a cultural issue with the staff, but the fact remains: several talented swimmers have chosen not to use the remainder of their eligibility in recent history. However, the freshmen are fantastic, with Franco Reyes securing his first NCAA B-qualifier time just a stone’s throw from where he was a six-time Illinois high school state champion. He joins Caio Pumpitis, Christian Ferraro, and upperclassmen Moises Loschi, and Rodrigo Correia with a handful of cuts. The women are yet to record the right to maybe swim at the national championship. Swimming is weird, and it’s not guaranteed. Anyways, though it was good to end on a high note against the Wildcats, and that the men looked promising, that the women got smoked in South Bend is less reassuring. Presuming the quintent of Reyes, Pumpitis, Ferraro, Loschi, and Ferraro, keep up their great shows so far, the end of the season championships could see an uncharacteristically high turnout from the men’s team.

This week: Tech hosts Delta State Saturday at the McAuley Aquatics Center

Women’s Tennis

The duo of senior Paige Hourigan and sophomore Kenya Jones are set to play in the doubles finals later today. Tech’s other doubles team, Johnnise Renaud and Ida Jarlskog, made another impressive run, but fell yesterday in the semifinals. Hourigan also fought to the singles semifinals, Tech’s best singles showing, by beating her teammate, Victoria Flores, in the quarters.

This week: Women’s tennis is off this week following the outcome of today’s match.

Softball

Tech softball has concluded for the fall, leaving them with a 7-1 record in their quartet of doubleheaders. They concluded their fall slate with a 20-0 clobbering of Georgia Highlands, as well as another 7-0 shutout in the doubleheader sweep. The Jackets managed to give up just 13 runs this fall, with 8 coming in a loss to Lee, while scoring 64. Those are good numbers.

Softball is off until the spring.

Women’s Volleyball

Friday, October 13th:

Georgia Tech (9 - 11) juices Syracuse (14 - 8) 24-26, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16 (3 - 1)

Sunday, October 15th:

Georgia Tech (10 - 11) slashes Boston College (5 - 15) 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 (3 - 0)

Revenge is a dish best served cold. The Jackets dished out plenty of it this weekend, and the return to the friendly confines of O’Keefe Gymnasium yielded two quality wins, buoying Tech near the .500 mark. Though the Jackets came out in typical fashion, slow, they managed to only lose one set the entire weekend, the first one, the inverse of their trip to the Northeast over fall break. By the final set, Tech was able to step on the gas to vanquish the Orange. Yesterday, Tech also swept Boston College, who, frankly, are the worst team to visit O’Keefe yet this year. They failed to score more than 16 points in a set and looked utterly outplayed. This, though, is a good sign for the Jackets, with both wins showing necessary improvement. The potential the team showed was fantastic. How on Earth did they lose to the Eagles two weeks ago? The world may never know, but the Jackets took care of business this weekend.

This week: Duke and Wake Forest visit the Flats

For football coverage: Tech defeats Wake Forest 38-24 in the homecoming football game.


This week on the Flats: Volleyball hosts a pair of private Carolinian schools over the weekend while swimming is back in action in the pool. Men’s basketball takes on crosstown Georgia State in a hurricane relief fundraiser at McCamish, while men’s tennis and the cross country teams hit the road for tournaments.