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Yellow Jacket Roundup: November 5th, 2017

Women’s Basketball throttles Union.

A mixed bag for Tech this week.

Men’s Basketball

Men’s basketball, minus injured (and indefinitely suspended) star sophomore Josh Okogie, downed Faulkner in an exhibition Thursday night. Freshman Moses Wright led Tech scorers with 17 points and a double-double, while Tadric Jackson, who is indefinitely suspended once the season begins, added 16 of his own in the effort. Jose Alvarado and Ben Lammers contributed 25 points of their own as Tech beat the NAIA team 78-60. In basketball, the NAIA teams come to us. Like they should. And we play them in exhibitions. Not instead of ACC teams. Looking at you, swimming. The Jackets’ second tune-up leads them into their season-opener in China on Friday against no. 18 UCLA on ESPN Friday at 11:30 pm.

This Week: Men’s basketball opens their season this Friday night against the University of California, Los Angeles in Shanghai, China.

Women’s Basketball

Tech’s women, meanwhile, won convincingly on Sunday afternoon at Hank McCamish Pavilion. The ladies, in their first game since losing a heartbreaker in the women’s NIT championship to the University of Michigan in triple overtime, demolished Union (KY), a Division II school, 80-38 in an exhibition. Sophomore Francesca Pan, who won last year’s ACC Freshman of the Year award, led all scorers with 19 points. Tech actually trailed at the end of the first quarter, but stepped on the gas in the second half, outscoring Union by 32 and sealing their first win, though unofficial.

This Week: Women’s Basketball visits Appalachian State Friday night and hosts South Carolina State Sunday afternoon.

Men’s Tennis

The Tech men’s tennis team hosted their annual invitational this weekend, and did not disappoint in front of the home crowds. After the final day of play, both doubles pairs won their brackets, with Carlos Divar and Michael Kay defeating a Georgia State duo and Philip Gresk and Chris Young dispatching some Virginians. In the singles draw, Tech had five young men in action in the final rounds, and three walked away with wins. Divar, Gresk, and Brandon Freestone all managed to secure victories for the Jackets at Ken Bryers Tennis Center. All in all, a solid showing for Tech, after losing their burgeoning superstar, who had not represented Tech all fall season, to the professional circuit. The Jackets ended their fall slate on a definite high note.

This week: Men’s Tennis is off until Jan. 10th.

Women’s Tennis

While Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones spent the week in California at the ITA National Championships, their teammates were busy in Louisiana at the Tiger Fall Classic. Though Hourigan and Jones fell just short of a finals appearance in their doubles set, all five of their teammates in singles action at LSU made their way to the final day of play. However, all five were defeated, four by sweep. All in all, it was a mixed bag - early success, combined with a wave of defeat. Freshman Victoria Flores continued her solid start to her Tech career, pushing her challenger to three sets before ultimately falling. The Jackets resume play in January at the University of Michigan.

This Week: Women’s Tennis has concluded their fall slate.

Women’s Volleyball

Friday, November 3rd:

Georgia Tech (12 - 12) broils VPISU (8 - 16) 25-22, 25-22, 22-19 (3 - 0)

Saturday, November 4th:

Virginia (7 - 18) downs Georgia Tech (12 - 13) 25-21, 15-25, 25-22, 25-18 (3 - 1)

Tech, yet again, had another mixed weekend. The team, lately, hasn’t been able to string two wins in a row together and this, of all weekends, would’ve been the one to do it. Virginia and VPISU have both been, this year, rather mediocre volleyball teams. The first game, the Jackets looked solid, but not dominating. Taking three close games, Tech sealed the win with consistent play and minimal errors. However, the next day, Tech couldn’t quite repeat the same performance in Charlottesville. In a match filled with errors and missed opportunities, and eerily similar to the football game happening nearby, Tech lost a few close sets to turn the match over to the Cavaliers. Tech has a short turnaround and faces North Carolina on the road on Thursday in the first game of their last road trip.

This week: Women’s Volleyball heads back out on the road to Chapel Hill Thursday and Raleigh on Saturday.

For football coverage: Tech looses another heartbreaker in Charlottesville.

This week on the Flats: Football returns home to face VPISU, but swimming heads to the school in Athens, Volleyball heads to a pair of North Carolinian schools, Cross Country is bound for NCAA Regionals in Tuscaloosa, and Women’s Basketball ventures to Boone.