Friday, September 1st:
After starting the season ranked No. 7 and No. 10 in the South, respectively, the Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to the Jacksonville State Open to kickoff their season. The men finished first overall, with an average time of 15:20.06 in the 5K. The women, not to be outdone, also finished first, with an average run of 14:45.14 in the 4K. Year-over-year, the team’s times in their first meet are lower, and, with the nice influx of talent over this summer, especially on the women’s side, both teams look primed for a nice stride forward from their seasons a year ago.
This Week: Both the men’s and women’s teams head to the school in Athens for the u[sic]ga Invitational on Saturday morning.
Women’s Volleyball (2-5 overall, 0-3 this week)
Friday, September 1st:
No. 17 San Diego (3-1) sweeps Georgia Tech (2-3) 25-13, 25-12, 25-20 (3 - 0)
Saturday, September 2nd:
No. 4 Texas (3-1) hooks Georgia Tech (2-4) 25-13, 25-10, 25-16 (3 - 0)
Villanova (4-2) defeats Georgia Tech (2-5) 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19 (3 - 1)
Seeing as how the games were all in San Diego this week and I was in the hills of rural Georgia, I was unable to attend any of the games in person. However, though the box scores, especially against the ranked teams, look a little sparse in the Tech columns, Tech played some quality opponents this weekend. This is a younger team than last year, and, thus far this season, it has shown. That said, they’re still an exciting team playing a thrilling sport to watch, and, like they did against Michigan State, showed that they can hang with the best of them. It’s not every weekend we can knock off an intimidating, ranked program, and they did that last week. So, I’d say call this trip a learning experience and get excited for their return to the Flats this Friday.
This Week: The Jackets host the Georgia Tech Invitational featuring Xavier, North Florida, and Kansas State at O’Keefe Gymnasium Friday and Saturday..
Sadly, Chris Eubanks lost in straight sets in the Round of 128 at the US Open. He did however, as we all know, get to live his dream, and, as always, represented himself and Georgia Tech with the utmost class and looked to enjoy his experience in New York.
Coming up this week on the Flats: volleyball returns home, golf is back in action, cross country heads to Clarke County, and, of course, football.
Bummed about volleyball? Excited for more cross country? It’s okay to admit that only one thing is on your mind: Tennessee.