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Yellow Jacket Roundup: November 27th, 2017

Volleyball’s season ends with a pair of defeats on the Flats.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Georgia Tech
Even in a lackluster week, our basketball teams gave us something to cheer about.
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Women’s Basketball

Tuesday, November 21st: Georgia Tech (5 - 0) knocks off Georgia State (0 - 3), 75-51.

Thursday, November 23rd: Georgia Tech (6 - 0) defeats Penn ( - ), 69-55.

Saturday, November 25th: No. 8 Baylor ( - ) handles Georgia Tech (6 - 1), 80-57.

Am I still aggravated I was not allowed into McCamish Pavilion on my way into the airport Tuesday? Yes. Should I have been let in with a bag that was clearly not allowed? No, of course not, I’m just being dumb. But no matter, because the Tuesday morning game was, somehow, the highest-drawing game of the season, even without your trusty non-revenue reporter, as the Jackets eased past the crosstown Panthers. Eleven players saw time on the floor, with five reaching double figures. Most notably for Tech, 43 points came from the bench, a healthy contribution from the non-starting contingent. On Thanksgiving, Tech kept the momentum rolling in the Bahamas in the first of two games in the Junkano Jam. Once again, Tech only briefly trailed, and the usual suspects: Elo Edeferioka, Zaire O’Neil, and Francesca Pan all scored at least fifteen points. It was business as usual for the Jackets as they took their sixth straight to start the season. However, Saturday, unranked Tech ran straight into a wall, getting throttled by no. 8 Baylor in the Junkano Jam championship game. Tech’s largest lead was by a single point and it came early in the first quarter. That said, Imani Tilford in particular looked strong against a team that deserves its high accolades. It is early in the season, and Tech got valuable experience and a nice trip to the Bahamas for their efforts.

This Week: Tech returns home with a pair of games, against Purdue in the Big Ten - ACC Challenge, and Middle Tennessee State on Sunday.

Women’s Volleyball

Wednesday, November 22nd: Miami (20 - 5) outlasts Georgia Tech (13 - 17) 18-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-16, 15-8 (3 - 2)

Friday, November 24th: Florida State (18 - 10) sweeps Georgia Tech (13 - 18) 25-12, 25-18, 25-23 (3 - 0)

It was an unfortunate end to the season for the volleyball team. Against a very strong Miami team, Tech came within a few close breaks of a dramatic upset of a team having themselves a stellar season. Tech took the first and third sets by seven and four points apiece, but were unable to come close to taking any of the other games. They were up against a much better team and couldn’t seal the deal, despite coming close. Against Florida State in the finale, Tech came out slow, Though they improved in each progressive set, they were dispatched by the Seminoles in the minimum three sets, failing to carry leads late into the game and allowing several lopsided runs by Florida State. They end their season a rather disappointing 13-18, but, knowing the past success of coach Michelle Collier, look for the young Jackets to improve upon this less-than-stellar season with an improved, more experienced, and more confident roster next year.

This week: It’s all basketball and swimming for the near future as volleyball winds down until next August.

For football coverage: Let’s never speak of this again.

For men’s basketball coverage: Tech stays undefeated at home, beating Texas-Rio Grande Valley and North Texas.

This week on the Flats: Five home basketball games: Northwestern (men) on Tuesday, Purdue (women) visiting on Thursday, Grambling State (men) on Friday, and Middle Tennessee State (women) and Tennessee (men) in a Sunday doubleheader.