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Yellow Jacket Roundup: At Long Last

WE WON IN ATHENS. WE WON IN ATHENS.

Basketball hosting an exhibition at McCamish.
Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletic

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Back in Atlanta. Time to grind until Finals. Time to go watch some volleyball. Time to watch some basketball. So many things to do, and so little time to do them. So let’s read up on some volleyball, basketball, and cross country news.


Women’s Basketball

Tech (3-0) easily dispatches the School out East (2-1) 73-40

If you missed the subtitle today, well, have I got a pleasant surprise for you this morning. For the first time in program history, Georgia Tech defeated the school in Athens, well, on the road in Athens, where they were winless in 17 other attempts. Tech’s seventh all-time win against the team out East is their second in a row - their first win streak - and third in four years. Truly a monumental game for a team that is especially in need of positive overarching themes this year. So far, Nell Fortner’s squad has systematically dismantled all comers. But what about the basketball?

Well, that looked pretty great, too. Tech started out the day deep in a 13-1 hole, and it looked like the more things change, the more they stay the same, at least as it pertains to Tech’s fortunes in Athens. However, once the Jackets started connecting, they were effective from essentially anywhere on the court. On the day, they shot roughly 57 percent from three point land, and essentially outscored the school in Athens 72-27 from their first made shot attempt onwards. A three point lead at the halfway mark yielded to a much wider 50-32 gap over the course of the second, and it was then where we saw just how vital Francesca Pan is to this team. The others played fine without her scoring at volume in the first half, but eighteen of her twenty points came in the second half. She’s a big part of the offense. With her connecting on the floor, Tech was able to grow the gap steadily. In the end, I think it’s more the story of the day that we expect. And that’s a good thing. They won.

This week: Tech gets in another against an annual in-state opponent, Georgia State, at home on the midweek.

Volleyball

Tech (18-8) sweeps North Carolina State (11-17) 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-12)

We’ll keep it straightforward in the write-up here: this Tech team is leaps and bounds better than the one that started the season in August. Funny thing is, other than better precision, accuracy, and communication, they’re not fundamentally different from their old selves. They’ve grown a lot. This was on display on Sunday. Tech, unlike the chaos of the first game against the Wolfpack this year, was never really threatened on their cruise to the eighth sweep of the ACC season. We’ll talk more about them in the upcoming days, along with the implications of winning out. This could very well be the first time in a decade Tech makes it back to the NCAA Tournament. O’Keefe on a Friday night is in its zenith when it’s full. It’s time for it to happen this week for the home leg of the Clemson series.

This week: Tech closes the regular season with a Friday-Sunday slate against two historic conference rivals, Clemson and Notre Dame.

Cross Country

Both the Tech men and women finished in the top five at the NCAA South Regional this weekend in Tallahassee. The women were led by Nicole Fegans and Mary Kathryn Knott on the way to fourth place, and the men were led by Braeden Collins on the way to fifth. All three earned All-Region honors. It was a solid showing for the Jackets, but since they weren’t selected to advance to the NCAA Championship this year, that’s all for Tech in cross country this season.

This week: Tech’s season is over.


In the Club House:

Tech tops Cow College 2-0.


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This Week on the Flats:

BOLD for home, REGULAR for away, ITALIC for time and location

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday:
Men’s Basketball at the School in Athens
7:00 PM, Athens, GA, SEC Network Plus and the IMG Georgia Tech Radio Network (680 AM / 93.7 FM in Atlanta)

Women’s Basketball vs. Georgia State
7:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion, ACC Network Extra

Thursday:
Football vs. North Carolina State
8:00 PM, Bobby Dodd Stadium, ESPN - The Worldwide Leader in Sports, and the IMG Georgia Tech Radio Network (680 AM / 93.7 FM)

Friday:
Swimming and Diving hosts Georgia Tech Invitational
10:00 AM (Prelims) and 5:00 PM (I think) (Finals), McAuley Aquatic Center, ACC Network Extra

Volleyball vs. Clemson
7:00 PM, O’Keefe Gymnasium, ACC Network Extra

Saturday:
Swimming and Diving hosts Georgia Tech Invitational
10:00 AM (Prelims) and 5:00 PM (I think) (Finals), McAuley Aquatic Center, ACC Network Extra

Sunday:
Volleyball vs. Notre Dame
1:00 PM, O’Keefe Gymnasium, ACC Network Extra

Swimming and Diving hosts Georgia Tech Invitational
10:00 AM (Prelims) and 5:00 PM (I think) (Finals), McAuley Aquatic Center, ACC Network Extra