In what continues to be a banner year for Georgia Tech athletics, the Georgia Tech volleyball team has made the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament for the first since 2009 on Sunday. They made the tournament as an At-Large bid but are considered one of the top-25 teams in the nation, coming in at No.23 in last week’s AVCA Coaches Poll. In terms of RPI, they’re ranked 34th in the nation.
The Jackets made the tournament following a tremendous regular season that saw them go 13-4 and finish fourth in the ACC. The ACC’s automatic qualifier for the tournament was the Louisville Cardinals who went 14-2 overall in the regular season including 12-2 in conference play.
The Jackets will look to make a run for the National Championship starting on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. when they take on Lipscomb out of the Atlantic Sun. The Bison went 17-2 this season and won the ASUN Tournament championship.
If the Jackets get past Lipscomb on Wednesday, they’ll advance to the second round where they’ll take on Minnesota, who was one of the 16-teams to receive a first-round bye in the tournament. Usually, the top-16 seeds would host their section of the tournament but with this year’s entire tournament taking place in Omaha, Nebraska, the alternative was the first-round byes. Minnesota is the No.3 ranked team in the country currently with a 13-2 record overall.
The Jackets enter the tournament coming off a 3-1 win over Duke on Saturday and are 3-2 in their last five. The team got off to a ferocious start this season, jumping out to a 7-1 record after a season-opening loss to Miami. After a four-month break that ran from November to throughout February, the Jackets got back on the court in March and have gone 5-3 since their return.
Yellow Jacked Up wishes the volleyball program the best of luck in this year’s tournament! Go Jackets!