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Technical Tidbits 4/5: Georgia Tech Volleyball makes NCAA Tournament

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The third major tournament made by Georgia Tech teams this season.

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With a reduced field and many great teams throughout the nation, it was not likely that the Georgia Tech Volleyball team would make this year’s NCAA Tournament. It turns out, we were wrong, as Tech was one of the last four teams into volleyball’s version of the “Big Dance.” The Jackets ended the last weekend of the regular season with a loss to Notre Dame, but a win against Duke. They finished pre-tournament play at 13-4 (all ACC games) with a matchup set for April 14 at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3) against A-Sun champions Lipscomb. This will be a tough test for Tech, as the Bisons are 17-2. Congratulations, and good luck, Jackets!

This weekend’s series did not go as well as hoped for the Georgia Tech Baseball team. They took a win from Virginia on Thursday, but were bested by the Cavaliers on Friday and Saturday. Brant Hurter was the series MVP for the Jackets, as he allowed no runs and threw 8 strikeouts (7.0 IP) in Tech’s victory on Thursday evening. In Sunday’s loss, Jake DeLeo got the first home run of his collegiate career, so at least there was something to celebrate. Tech is now 14-9 (11-7 ACC) for the year, with their next game coming tomorrow night (6 p.m. ET, ACCNX) against USC-Upstate.

It just keeps getting better and better for the Tech Women’s Basketball team’s dynamic duo: Lorela Cubaj and Lotta-Maj Lahtinen. After stellar performances throughout the season, both of the players have been named 2021 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honorable mentions. This further adds to the expectations of great play next season, where the Jackets could potentially make it further than this season’s Sweet 16 run. Congratulations, Lorela and Lotta-Maj!

Sadly, Karl Binns, the first African-American letterwinner in Tech basketball history, passed away on Saturday. Binns played basketball for the Jackets in the 1971-72 season under coach Whack Hyder, and had a short professional career overseas. Before his passing, Binns was a professor in University of Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Department of Hospitality and Management. We here at FTRS send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Binns during this difficult time.

This is the most excited I’ve ever seen a group of people get when they find out they’re going to Omaha.

Question of the Day: Any predictions for the NCAA Volleyball Tournament?