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Yellow Jacket Roundup: October 9th, 2017

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Presents the Results of the Mystery Softball Games

Pictures of the swimming pool? That, I can do.

Men’s Golf

Your no. 6-ranked Georgia Tech men’s golf team was back in action yesterday at the Franklin American Mortgage Collegiate. Having already won one tournament and come close to winning a second, the fall slate has been extremely fortuitous to the Yellow Jackets thus far. The Tech squad has risen dramatically from their preseason no. 18 ranking on the fortunes of their exceptional play. This week’s tournament, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University, runs through Tuesday and looks to be another competitive field, a good matchup for the impressive Georgia Tech golf team. The top four scorers for Tech in the previous tournaments are all underclassmen and look to build on their stellar performance this fall. Tech has a very good chance to put another win under their belt by the next edition of the roundup.

This week: Men’s golf continues their play at the Franklin American Mortgage Collegiate.

Men’s Tennis

Carlos Divar’s bid for the ITA All-American Championship title ended in the Round of 32 on Friday, falling in two sets to Thomas Laurent 6-4, 6-1.

This week: Men’s Tennis hosts the ITA Southeast Regional starting October 13th.

Women’s Tennis

All three Yellow Jackets in the Palmetto Pink Open won on Sunday. They continue play Monday, coming off of a trio of two-set victories. The three Tech entries, a senior and two freshmen, only gave up eight games between the six sets they played, with the closest being a 7-5 tiebreaker win by senior Paige Hourigan in the second set of her match. Freshmen Ida Jarlskog and Victoria Flores both cruised to victories and definitely are yet another pair of good finds by the women’s tennis team.

This week: The team stays in Sumter through the end of the week at the Palmetto Pink Open.

Softball

Tech softball enters the weekend 4-0 during the fall preseason, having topped both Anderson and Georgia Southern twice apiece. GT Athletics is just a little slow at posting the scores on Sundays.

Saturday, October 7th: Sadly, the scores are not posted at press time for Yellow Jacket Roundup, and I was off campus and unable to stop by. Thus, expect the results in next week’s edition.

This week: Softball plays a Saturday doubleheader, hosting Georgia Highlands.

Swimming & Diving

Swimming and diving hosted the Pittsburgh Panthers in their first duel meet on Friday afternoon. Led by strong showings from accomplished senior Rodrigo Corriea and junior Iris Wang, both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Pittsburgh by a combined 351.5 to 248.5. Wang, Emily Ilgenfritz, and Laura Branton looked exceptional in multiple events Friday. On the men’s side, Correia, Brennan Day, Colt Williamson, and Johnathon Yang all scored several times in the winning effort. Day and Williamson, both veterans, narrowly edging solid Pitt freshman Ryan Schonbachler in the 1000 yard freestyle for spots on the podium. Those three, along with Pittsburgh’s Aaron Sett, all swam over 1700 yards on the day, no small feat for a two hour-long meet on a Friday afternoon, combining for more than 10% of the men’s scoring. One name to watch for is freshman Caio Pumpitis, who already secured an NCAA B-qualifier time in the 200 fly. Since swimming is complicated, a concern for another day, this doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll represent Tech in Minneapolis in March, but it is a stellar showing from an important part of Tech’s 2017 recruiting class, nonetheless.

This week: Tech is off until a weekend road trip to Notre Dame on October 20th and Northwestern on October 21st.

Women’s Volleyball

Friday, October 6th:

Boston College (4 - 11) claws Georgia Tech (7 - 9) 21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 (3 - 1)

Sunday, October 8th:

Syracuse (13 - 6) Georgia Tech (7 - 10) 25-18, 27-25, 25-19 (3 - 0)

It was an unproductive trip north for Tech. After winning the first set of the trip, the Jackets did not win another set the rest of the trip. That said, they did come close several times, but fell just short. Though they did take the first set against the Eagles in Boston, In the second set, Boston College seized a 15-4 lead and didn’t look back after that. Against Syracuse, Tech’s best set to escape with a win came in the second. After starting slow in the first, which Syracuse took uneventfully, the Jackets were resilient in the second, keeping the score knotted or within one point the majority of the set. In the end, Syracuse was able to put two points past Tech to take the lead and the set. The final set ended similar to the first, with the game close, but the Jackets not really threatening. All in all, a disappointing trip for Tech, but one with some positives. A down year is not ideal, but the young Jackets simply still have yet to find their groove.

This week: Tech returns to the road to visit Louisville and Notre Dame.

Football had a bye this week. Instead, check out the seventh edition of Athletic Director Todd Stansbury’s podcast.


This week on the Flats: women’s tennis and men’s golf get a few more days to play, while men’s tennis prepares for the invitational this weekend. Men’s and women’s cross country, along with football, are all back after a week off, too. And, of course, women’s softball has a doubleheader.