September 27, 2008
Clutch play helps Hokies sweep Yellow Jackets
Winning streak now at nine games for Virginia Tech
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BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech volleyball squad used clutch play in three close sets to sweep Georgia Tech (25-23, 25-22, 26-24) and move to 3-0 in the ACC Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.

The victory extends the Hokies’ (12-2, 3-0 ACC) winning streak to nine matches and propels Virginia Tech to first place in the conference. The Hokies are 5-0 in Cassell Coliseum this season.

“It is a good start, but it is a long season, and we have 20 matches and a lot of work to do still,” Hokies head coach Chris Riley said. “We made some tough serving errors in the end of that last set, where we had a chance to put them away, and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We were good offensively tonight, and that helps, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

The Hokies started the match out slow, falling behind Georgia Tech (10-3, 2-1 ACC) 10-4 in set one. A 9-2 run gave Virginia Tech their first lead of the match, and the two teams could not distance themselves from each other, until a ball handling error put the Yellow Jackets up 22-19. The Hokies responded though, and with the score 23-20, Virginia Tech reeled off five straight points on Sarah Munoz’s service to win the first frame 25-23.

The second set featured another back-and-forth battle between the two squads. Set two saw 12 ties, and at one point, the two teams exchanged 22 straight points. A kill by Junior Taylor Parrish gave Virginia Tech a 24-22 lead, and an attack by Georgia Tech’s Allison Campbell ricocheted off of the net antenna to seal the second stanza, 25-22 in the Hokies’ favor.

Georgia Tech came out of the locker rooms for the third set energized, jumping out to a 10-3 lead, but could not put the Hokies away. Virginia Tech rallied to win seven of the next eight points to pull within one, and would eventually tie the set at 15 apiece. The two squads remained close the rest of the way, until a spike by Georgia Tech’s Chrissy Demichelis went wide and buried the Yellow Jackets in set three 26-24, and in the match, 3-0.

Virginia Tech hit .440 as a team, while the Yellow Jackets were the first squad to eclipse the .300 mark on the Hokies, striking at a .308 clip. Parrish registered a season high 18 kills in the affair, and junior Betsy Horowitz added 12. Freshman Erin Leaser was a perfect seven-for-seven in her attacks to go along with 39 assists.

The Hokies will next travel from the friendly confines of Cassell Coliseum for their first road tests in the ACC on the season. Virginia Tech will face Maryland on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and Boston College on Oct. 5 at noon. Results will be posted on hokiesports.com.

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