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Yellow Jacket Roundup: Straight to Voicemail

Swimming and diving hosted a soirée, but no one else showed up.

Softball shrugs.
Georgia Tech Athletics/Danny Karnik

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - There’s a lot to chat about this week, but perhaps the most bizarre occurrence was that no one RSVP’d to swimming and diving’s invitational. In the meantime, let’s talk everything else, first.


No. 3 Golf

Tech sits just one shot back of the leader (No. 2 Oklahoma) after one day of play in Puerto Rico. The Jackets got off to a hot start, finishing a total of six shots under par, thanks to solid showings farther down the lineup, despite a garish ten above par from Tyler Strafaci. Connor Howe, with a four under par, is currently atop the leaderboard.

This week: A couple more days in beautiful Puerto Rico for the Yellow Jackets, who look to win this tournament for the seventh time.

No. 17 Women’s Tennis

Tech falls to Miami, 5-2
Tech downs Northwestern, 4-2

The Jackets got off to a rough start this weekend after a strong showing in the ITA Indoor Championships. Tech played Miami outside, but the Floridians weren’t fazed, even despite going down 2-0 from dropping the doubles point and a quick two set match. It was all ‘Canes from there, and they raced to victory on the back of a sweep of the rest of the singles points.

On Sunday, Tech was back in Chicago for the second time in as many weeks to face Northwestern. This one, though, turned out a lot better for Tech, with the Jackets victorious at 4-2. It didn’t start out great for the visitors, though, with the doubles point all Northwestern. Though Monika Dedaj fell in two sets on court six, the top of the singles lineup all came through, securing four points on the top four courts, with Kenya Jones notching another ranked win in a tight first set/easy second set combo, Victoria Flores adding a second two set win, and Nami Otsuka and Gia Cohen fighting into third sets to nab victories of their own.

This week: Tech gets Virginia at home before another trip up to the frozen north to face Boston College.

Women’s Basketball

Tech (16 - 9) loses a heartbreaker to VPISU (18 - 6), 64-61 (OT)
Tech (17 - 9) shocks no. 4 North Carolina State (22 - 3), 65-61

A week that started with a tough loss to the Hokies, especially considering Tech lead by three as the clock ticked down, only to get pushed to overtime, really turned around in a major way after the Jackets were able to rally to beat the Wolfpack on Sunday. Francesca Pan and Kierra Fletcher lead the way against Virginia Tech, but it was all Pan on Sunday as the senior put up perhaps the best game of her career en route to the major upset win in Raleigh. The Jackets had previously set a new standard for road upsets in their win at Florida State, but the top five upset makes it a week of giant slaying for both the men and the women. Pan had a little help from Nerea Hermosa, but the usual crew was largely silent outside of the Herculean feat from their star, including a full 40 minute showing, going 4-9 from beyond the arc, complementing an 11-24 overall performance. That’s what it took to lock down the lead, as the Wolfpack lead at the half by five, a not-impossible margin. Their third quarter swoon let the Jackets get right back into the game, and Tech led by as many as 12 before NC State went all-in to stop the usurper in the closing minutes. Though they got as close as 61-59 inside of ninety seconds left to play, the Jackets had just enough of an answer, and, critically, just enough success at the free throw line, that they were able to hang on to a narrow four point victory.

This week: It’s Louisville and Florida State for the Jackets this week, a tough combination to say the least. At least they’re both at home.

Track and Field

In what seems to be an almost-weekly occurrence of late, it was Nicole Fegans and another record-breaking performance that lead the good news this week. This week, she took down the 3000m indoor record in Ames, Iowa, a record that had stood for 18 years. Meanwhile, Olivia Moore got herself a medal with her long jump in Clemson, and a trio of men went 6-7-8 in the mile in Nashville, and interesting feat. Bria Matthews, one of Tech’s most experienced stars, got back in action in the triple jump, also in Clemson. All in all, it was a busy week for the Jackets, who were in three different cities, and have certainly earned a week to recalibrate before the indoor ACC Championship.

This week: Tech rests, a well-earned feat.

Softball

Tech (1 - 4) lets one slip away against Nebraska (5 - 2), 4-2
Tech (2 - 4) lights up Nebraska (5 - 3), 7-1
Tech (3 - 4) run-rules Iowa (6 - 2), 8-0 (5)
Tech (3 - 5) falls to Iowa (7 - 2), 5-0

It’s bullet points again this week, with a lot to say about a lot of games:

  • Lexi Ray is the pitcher Tech needed. Once again, she went and threw a lot of pitches that kept Tech in a tight game, but the bullpen didn’t have enough to get her the win against Nebraska in the first game.
  • Cameron Stanford might just be the most reliable veteran presence of this offense. She carried the team on Friday night and looked very steady throughout the weekend. Her double on Saturday afternoon was one of the best sounding balls off the bat all year.
  • This officiating crew was much harsher about the illegal pitch rule. Morgan Bruce wasn’t pitching much different than last weekend, but got called for it a few times. The team that struggled the most, though, was Nebraska, and Tech was able to jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the second game thanks mostly to miscues.
  • Emma Kauf is the way-too-early most valuable player. She’s a stud. Throwing runners out, hitting massive home runs, contributing in left field to spell breaks from the catching. Saturday evening was top-to-bottom Tech’s best offensive night so far this season.
  • Blake Neleman starting Saturday was surprisingly great. After coming in in relief the previous weekend, it was areason to be wary, but her outing was crisp.
  • The mercy rule kind of walk-off happened Saturday, as Caroline Davis knocked in two to end the game in the fifth.
  • Not much doing at the plate on Sunday, and that was pretty much it in an okay pitching performance.

This week: Tech heads to Sanford for a tournament featuring surprisingly familiar face DePaul and a good Kentucky team.

Swimming and Diving

It was a weird one this weekend, as Tech swam a meet called an invitational, but no one else showed up. It was all Tech, which was good, because it technically means they won, but this addition to the schedule very late in the season was puzzling, seeing as it probably would have been equally effective to call it a day. In the meet, not many of Tech’s best swimmers were in action, as they were tapering for the conference, and hopefully NCAA, postseason championship meets. I guess no one else RSVP’d to the invite.

This week: Women’s swimming and diving heads to Greensboro for the conference championship.


In the Club House:

Tech hockey and lacrosse are the news of the week this week, with the former hosting Liberty for a pair of games, while the latter took on UCF on Friday and Ole Miss on Sunday at Stamps Field. Hockey got a solid 1-0-1 on the weekend, taking the first game 6-3, before following that up with a 3-3 tie. Meanwhile, lacrosse absolutely took care of business, blasting UCF in a 15-1 rout before then following that up with a game that can most simply be called “shooting the Rebels straight into the sun” with a 32-4 beat down. Looks like they’re decent again this year, to say the least.


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This Week on the Flats:

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

Monday:
Men’s Golf is at the Puerto Rico Classic
TBD, Westin Rio Mar River Course, Rio Grande, PR

Tuesday:
Men’s Golf is at the Puerto Rico Classic
TBD, Westin Rio Mar River Course, Rio Grande, PR

Baseball at Georgia Southern
6:00 PM, Statesboro, GA, ESPN3 and WREK 91.1 FM

Wednesday:
Women’s Swimming and Diving is at the ACC Championships
All day, Greensboro, NC, ACC Network Extra

Softball at Georgia State
5:00 PM, Panthersville, GA

Men’s Basketball at Wake Forest
7:00 PM, Winston-Salem, NC, RSNs (Fox Sports South/Southeast in Atlanta) and the IMG Georgia Tech Radio Network (680 AM / 93.7 FM in Atlanta)

Thursday:
Women’s Swimming and Diving is at the ACC Championships
All day, Greensboro, NC, ACC Network Extra

Women’s Basketball vs. Louisville
6:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion, RSNs (Fox Sports South/Southeast in Atlanta) and WREK 91.1 FM

Friday:
Women’s Swimming and Diving is at the ACC Championships
All day, Greensboro, NC, ACC Network Extra

Softball vs. DePaul (Samford Invite)
11:00 AM, Birmingham, AL

Softball vs. Kentucky (Samford Invite)
1:30 PM, Birmingham, AL

Women’s Tennis vs. Virginia
4:00 PM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex

Men’s Tennis at Tennessee
4:00 PM, Knoxville, TN

Baseball vs. Ohio State
2:00 PM, Russ Chandler Stadium, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1 FM

Saturday:
Women’s Swimming and Diving is at the ACC Championships
All day, Greensboro, NC, ACC Network Extra

Softball vs. Kentucky (Samford Invite)
1:30 PM, Birmingham, AL

Baseball vs. Ohio State
2:00 PM, Russ Chandler Stadium, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1 FM

Men’s Basketball at Syracuse
7:00 PM, Syracuse, NY, RSNs (Fox Sports South/Southeast in Atlanta) and the IMG Georgia Tech Radio Network (680 AM / 93.7 FM in Atlanta)

Softball at Samford (Samford Invite)
6:30 PM, Birmingham, AL

Sunday:
Women’s Tennis at Boston College
10:00 AM, Chestnut Hill, MA

Men’s Tennis vs. Miami
12:00 PM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex

Baseball vs. Ohio State
1:00 PM, Russ Chandler Stadium, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1 FM

Softball at Samford (Samford Invite)
2:30 PM, Birmingham, AL

Women’s Basketball vs. Florida State
4:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion, ACC Network and WREK 91.1 FM