ATLANTA, GEORGIA - From the Rumble Seat made it out to perhaps the best volleyball game of the season on Thursday, only for it to be followed by something that was decidedly less fun the very next night.
No. 20/NR Swimming and Diving
Georgia Tech’s Tim Slanschek and Clay Hering qualified for an A Final in the 200 Butterfly at USA Swimming Winter Nationals this weekend, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. Meanwhile graduate assistant Moses Loschi came out of retirement and won the B Final of the 100 Breaststroke, since this was not a collegiate meet.
This week: It’s the finals break! Tech is off for a hot minute.
Thursday, November 29th: No. 7 Maryland (7 - 0) fells Georgia Tech (5 - 2), 67-54.
Sunday, December 2nd: Georgia Tech (6 - 2) defeats Georgia State (3 - 3), 78-71.
Tech got off to a slow start that ultimately proved to be the difference in the game on Thursday night against former ACC foe Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tech went into halftime twenty points, and came out of the break rolling, cutting the deficit to as little as a possession before Maryland pulled away again. With better shooting in the first half, Tech wins this game, but, unfortunately, their improvement in the second half wasn’t enough to fully bail themselves out. But it’s a learning experience going into conference play, and that’s pretty valuable.
On Sunday, Tech let the home team jump out to a lead once more, but this one was much smaller, and they were abel to close the deficit and then some by the close of the first quarter. Tech never looked back from there, leading by eleven at the half. Tech continued to apply pressure in the second half, leading by as much as thirteen two different times despite State’s attempts to close the gap. The lead shrunk to as few as five late in the fourth, but Tech sunk their free throws to close the game and kept the crosstown Panthers at arms’ length.
This week: Study time this week as Tech heads into the finals break, but not before Tech catches Alabama State at home Wednesday night.
Thursday, November 29th: Georgia Tech (18 - 14) rallies to beat South Florida (20 - 12), 19-25, 14-25, 25-21, 25-17, 15-9 (3 - 2).
Friday, November 23rd: Georgia Tech (18 - 15) falls to the College of Charleston (23 - 11), 25-22, 17-25, 26-24, 25-18 (3 - 1).
This game was like one of those scenes from every movie about sports ever, when the team has their back to the wall and overcomes it despite long odds, starting a wild run to more success. And those are fun, and this was, for at least one night. Despite O’Keefe being a little emptier than usual thanks to the quick turnaround to a Thursday night game, the crowd was enjoying themselves despite the team digging themselves into a two set hole. Though they gave up the pair to the South Florida Bulls, we here at From the Rumble Seat are pleased to note that no pairs of kicks were returned for touchdowns on the day. Anyways, Tech looked a little out of sorts, committed unforced errors, and generally didn’t look too great. The team that came to play the third set, though, was a team on a mission. They throttled the guests in the third and fourth sets, sending the match to a decisive fifth set, where Tech jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning 15-9. It was the best this writer had seen them play in a while, and an exciting call back to the non-conference schedule. Up there with the Virginia football game in terms of excitement. So it was a good start for the Jackets, who notched their first postseason win since 2004, in their first appearance since 2009.
Unfortunately, the fire burned a little too bright for the Jackets on Thursday, because they fell to the College of Charleston on Friday night in the second round. The match went to four sets and Tech had a real chance to win it, too, but they didn’t look quite the same as the team possessed they seemed the night before. All i all, it was a year of growth for the very, very young Yellow Jackets and we are left to eagerly anticipate what a more veteran squad will bring back next year.
This week: That’s a wrap for the volleyball team. See you all in August for another year of Brambilla, Dowd, and the rest of the gang.
Track and Field
Not many Jackets were in action this weekend to kick off the indoor track season, but the ones that were certainly made the most of it. Tech sent nine to run short events and to do some field, while two men headed up to Boston to run the distance events. Nahom Solomon, back for his final season of track eligibility, bested his own 5000m school record after not being able to compete this fall during cross country due to expired eligibility. Meanwhile, in Birmingham, Tech managed an eighth place finish with just seven women, while the pair of men finished fifteenth. The Jackets traditionally excel at the hurdles, and this meet was no different. As always, it was good to see a handful of athletes get in a couple of good races before the season starts in earnest in January.
This week: No running, jumping, or anything of the sort during finals, and indeed not until school begins again in 2019.
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Women’s Basketball vs. Alabama State
7:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1
Men’s Basketball vs. Florida A&M
2:00 PM, McCamich Pavilion, ACC Network Extra and the Georgia Tech IMG Basketball Radio Network (WCNN 680 AM / 93.7 FM Atlanta)