ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Safely back inside the perimeter, the men of the Georgia Tech golf team seemingly swapped places with yours truly as they headed for the hills, while volleyball stays undefeated inside 285 but outside, well, that’s another story.
No. 3 Golf
Luke Schneiderjans never trailed this weekend as he led the Jackets, ranked third in the country, to a stifling win at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Georgia, where they were the designated hosts. Tech has won the tournament 10 of the 31 years of its existence, and claimed a share of the lead for the third time in as many seasons. Tech started strong on Friday with a full lineup, but was only scoring four players Saturday and Sunday, with Connor Howe along as the individual competitor, once Noah Norton went down with back spasms. Tech defeated notable programs like South Carolina, Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, and Florida on the weekend.
In case anyone was worried about resident national champion Andy Ogletree, he was off in England helping win the Walker Cup. He’ll be back around soon. With Schneiderjans playing some great golf, throwing Ogletree back on this roster will make them nothing short of a juggernaut. Bring it on.
This week: They earned some well deserved rest.
Tech (3-1) falls to Kennesaw State (2-2) 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15)
The Jackets came out of the gate strong before falling to Kennesaw State in four sets. The Jackets only allowed a brief lead to the Owls in the first, but were shaky once the first set was in the books. There’s not much to say other than this probably should have been a win - it’s vital, playing in a conference like the ACC, to bank the wins you’re “supposed” to get - much like the classic baseball midweek games against the likes of, well, Kennesaw.
Tech (4-1) knocks off Lipscomb (0-4) 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 25-13)
Tech took down a rather abysmal Lipscomb team for its 700th NCAA Division 1 win on Thursday night in front of a lighter home crowd than usual. The Jackets took an early lead and for the most part on the night, took care of business, especially in sets one and four. Julia Bergmann again looked to be a revelation and was Tech’s leader on the attack on the night. With Mariana Brambilla back in action again, Tech’s best up front all looked ready to settle in to a groove. And, finally, in set four, they actually did.
Tech (5-1) sweeps IUPUI (1-4) 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-12)
This was another very subpar opponent the Jackets should have had few issues with, and, for the most part, that was true. Tech rocketed out of the gate and really showed a glimpse of what this team can do when it is as effective on defense as it is on offense. Of course, it helps that their attack was quite literally overpowering their guests, including a kill that Bergmann sent directly into an opponent’s face, with the ball careening into the stands and out of play. The second set was too close for comfort, though, but Tech regained confidence and effectiveness in the third set, where the Jaguars went down without so much as a whimper.
This week: Tech heads to Norman for its first true test of the season against Oklahoma, Arizona State, and Louisiana-Lafayette.
For everything else:
This Week on the Flats:
BOLD for home, REGULAR for away, ITALIC for time and location
Volleyball vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (OU Nike Invitational)
6:00 PM, Norman, OK
Football vs. The Citadel
12:30 PM, Bobby Dodd Stadium, ACCNX and the IMG Georgia Tech Radio Network (680 AM / 93.7 FM)
Volleyball vs. Arizona State (OU Nike Invitational)
2:30 PM, Norman, OK
Volleyball at Oklahoma (OU Nike Invitational)
8:00 PM, Norman, OK