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Yellow Jacket Roundup: September 11th, 2017

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Everyone gets back on track.

Hey look, another week, another view of campus...from the rumble seat.

Cross Country

Saturday, September 9th:

After sweeping at Jacksonville State last weekend, both cross country teams headed out to Athens for the u[sic]ga Invitational. This week, despite another solid showing in both the men’s and women’s events, the teams finished second in their respective divisions, though they were facing a much better level of talent. The men, running 8K this week, came up just short, finishing 7 points behind behind Texas A&M, despite finishing with a better per-runner average time in the event (cross country is scored by place, with the goal to have the lowest total finished across the first five finishers on your team). On the women’s side, Tech also placed second, but to the host team. They, however, were not nearly as close, and fell to georgia by 30, despite all their scoring runners finishing in the top 13 places. It was not, by any means, a set of bad finishes - they held their own with good Division 1 programs. The Jackets will be back in action again in about three weeks.

This Week: Both the men and women are off this week.

Golf

Active as a team this weekend at the Carpet Capital Collegiate for the first time this fall, the Yellow Jackets eked out a win after taking the Alabama Crimson Tide to a winner-takes-all playoff. Now that I think about it, that sounds like a football fan left daydreaming. Anyways, it happened, but in golf, and Tech managed to secure the victory thanks to strong play in the third round by Luke Sniederjans and Andy Ogletree. The team, which has won this tournament seven other times, has played this course extremely well in the past, and looked confident once again, knocking off several ranked teams this week.

This Week: Golf is off this week.

Women’s Volleyball (5-5 overall, 3-0 this week)

Thursday, September 7th:

Georgia Tech (3-5) rallies to defeat Xavier (4-4) 20-25, 27-25, 25-11, 25-17 (3 - 1)

Friday, September 8th:

Georgia Tech (4-5) sweeps North Florida (4-5) 25-23, 25-20, 25-11 (3 - 0)

Georgia Tech (5-5) defeats Kansas State (4-5) 25-19, 16-25, 25-21, 21-25, 16-14 (3 - 1)

On Thursday night, everyone won, fans and players alike. Featuring above average student attendance for a weekday night, most desiring the Coach Paul Johnson-signed jersey giveaway, the Yellow Jackets stormed back to take three games and the match from Xavier after dropping the first set by a handful of points. Once the Jackets started to look comfortable in the second set, they didn’t look back and it was a great win for Tech. The Friday afternoon game, played at 1:00, was a straightforward affair: a close first set, then a cruise to victory. Later that night, Tech played their most convincing and exciting game of the weekend. Though they never trailed in the set column, it takes a lot of heart to take the fifth set of any volleyball game, and the fans at this one surely got their money’s worth in volleyball. Finally finishing at about 10:30, Georgia Tech had knocked off Kansas State and found themselves, once again, at .500 after a homestand. All in all, a solid showing, and they have definitely progressed already, though the season is still young. The Jackets look to ride the wave of strong play all the way to Athens when they face georgia next week.

This Week: In this fall’s edition of Clean, Old Fashioned Hate, it’s the Jackets’ turn to head out east. Last year, they dropped the battle axe in a straight sweep. Here’s hoping we do the same this year.

Women’s Tennis

This Week: The Yellow Jackets head to Duke for a fall tuneup.

This Week’s Football Coverage:

Tennessee defeats Georgia Tech 42-41 (2OT)

Georgia Tech dispatches Jacksonville State 37-10


Coming up this week on the Flats: volleyball heads to Athens, women’s tennis gets in a fall invitational, and football heads to the most magical place on Earth: Orlando.

It was a good week for Tech! Are you looking forward to anything in particular this coming week?