By now, most of you know what happened Friday afternoon. After a hot start, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets couldn’t contain the Sweet 16-bound Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. The Jackets had a great day shooting, going 57% from the field, but Loyola just out-muscled Tech in rebounding and second-chance points. Anytime an opponent has 15 second-chance points to your 0, it’s likely that you’ll lose the game. While tough, it is a little heartening to see the Ramblers take down no. 1 seed Illinois, something the Jackets could have potentially done with Moses Wright. The end was disappointing, but the positives from the season (ACC Championship, anyone?) should be focused on.
On the flip side of the Tech basketball world, the women’s team beat 12-seed Stephen F. Austin in their Round of 64 matchup. It was one of the most intense basketball games all year, with the Jackets being down by 17 at halftime after shooting 24.1% from the field. They clawed their way back, allowing only a 15.4% field goal percentage from the Ladyjacks to help close the deficit. Nell Fortner & co. couldn’t win the game in regulation, but slipped out with a two-point win after an overtime period. The Jackets will need to have a better game offensively tomorrow against 4-seed West Virginia. Time and broadcast information TBA.
The Georgia Tech Baseball team had a good trip to Winston-Salem, NC, taking two of three games from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Tech must have had some travel lag, as they lost the first game to Wake Forest 6-2 on Friday. Saturday and Sunday were much kinder to the Beesball squad, as they won both of those games (3-1 and 8-1, respectively). Hitting was much improved yesterday afternoon, with Brad Grenkoski having a career day. The freshman had three hits, including a double and a home run. This weekend, Tech will head back to the Old North State for a series against Duke.
Another Tech program that had a good weekend was the Yellow Jacket Volleyball squad. They swept both of their matches, one against Virginia Tech and one against Syracuse. This is an exceptionally strong volleyball team, one of the best of Michelle Collier’s tenure. The team is currently ranked no. 23 in the nation and is tied for first in the ACC. Keep it up, Jackets!
As you can tell from the video above, this game literally went down to the last tenth of a second. Survive and advance!
Question of the Day: What do you think of the women’s chances tomorrow against West Virginia?