THE FLATS – Georgia Tech volleyball announced its 27-match slate for the 2022 season on Wednesday. The schedule consists of 14 home matches, including two home tournaments and the first volleyball match in McCamish Pavilion on record since the renaming and renovation of Alexander Memorial Coliseum, along with the annual Gold and White match.
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A Closer Look
Following the Gold-White scrimmage (Aug. 14), the Jackets will make their official return to O’Keefe Gymnasium hosting the GT Invitational, where they’ll take on Dayton (Sept. 2), Arizona State (Sept. 3) and FIU (Sept. 4). The White and Gold will follow with a second consecutive home tournament in the Georgia Tech Classic, playing host to BYU (Sep. 8) and Ohio State (Sep. 11) in a rematch of last season’s Sweet 16. The White and Gold will next return home to begin conference play, hosting nine Atlantic Coast Conference foes in Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Pitt, Clemson, Boston College, Syracuse, Louisville and Florida State. Tech’s highly anticipated matchup with budding rival Pitt (Oct. 9) will be held in McCamish Pavilion, the first volleyball match since the arena’s completed renovation in 2012.
Over the course of the past three seasons, Georgia Tech is 35-5 at home in O’Keefe Gymnasium. The Jackets went 12-3 on The Flats in 2021. Tech is 294-102 (.742) all time in O’Keefe Gymnasium’s 27-year history.
Following a road trip to South Carolina (Aug. 21) for an exhibition match, Georgia Tech will begin the season on the road at the Ole Miss Invitational by taking on Ole Miss (Aug. 26) and Illinois (Aug. 27). The next road trip will send the Yellow Jackets to Arkansas (Sep. 15) before Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate in enemy territory at Georgia (Sep. 17). Tech will then enter ACC competition to finish out its road play, traveling to take on Notre Dame, Louisville, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Miami, Florida State, Clemson and Pitt.
Georgia Tech will battle stiff competition on the road to a potential third straight appearance in the Big Dance as 10 of its 2022 opponents competed in the 64-team field of the 2021 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship, excluding exhibition opponent South Carolina who also advanced to the postseason. The White and Gold will play 13 total games against those 10 teams, including four against two Final Four opponents and three against Sweet 16 opponents. Debarring Dayton who received votes, six of the aforementioned 10 teams finished ranked in the final 2021 American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25, including two in the top five and three in the top 10. The Jackets concluded the 2021 season in the Elite Eight, ranked Now. 8 accordingly in the final AVCA poll, tying the 2003 squad for the highest ranking in program history at a season’s end.
Opponents in the 2021 NCAA Tournament
South Carolina (Aug. 21, away | exhibition) – First Round
Ole Miss (Aug. 26, away) – First Round
Illinois (Aug. 27, neutral) – Sweet 16
Dayton (Sep. 2, home) – Second Round
BYU (Sep. 8, home) – Sweet 16
Ohio State (Sep. 11, home) – Sweet 16
Louisville (Oct. 2, away / Nov. 11, home) – Final Four
Pitt (Oct. 9, home / Nov. 23, away) – Final Four
North Carolina (Oct. 28, away) – First Round
Miami (Nov. 4, away) – Second Round
Florida State (Nov. 6, away / Nov. 26, home) – Second Round
Opponents in the 2020 AVCA Final Rankings
Now. 16 Illinois (Aug. 27, neutral)
Now. 9 BYU (Sep. 8, home)
Now. 11 Ohio State (Sep. 11, home)
Now. 3 Louisville (Oct. 2, away / Nov. 11, home)
Now. 4 Pitt (Oct. 9, home / Nov. 23, away)
Now. 25 Miami (Nov. 4, away)
Georgia Tech heads into the 2022 season on the heels of a 2021 season that saw the Jackets sweep The Citadel, No. 17 WKU and No. 9 Ohio State to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship for the second time in program history, tying 2003’s unit for the best finish and final ranking (No. 8) of all time. Statistically, the White and Gold also led the nation in kills per set (15.18) and assists per set (13.90).
The berth in the Big Dance alone marked the 11th time in program history, the second for the Yellow Jackets since 2009 and the second appearance under reigning AVCA East Coast Region Coach of the Year Michelle Collier. Going beyond 2019’s NIVC title, Tech has won 58 of its last 70 matches.
Junior outside hitter Julia Bergmann leads Tech’s returners coming off an unrivaled campaign that earned her AVCA First Team All-American honors, AVCA East Coast Region Player of the Year and All-Region recognition, ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC selections. Other all-conference performers headlining Tech’s 13 total returners include graduate middle blocker Breland Morrissette (Second Team All-ACC) and sophomore outside hitter Bianca Bertolino (ACC All-Freshman Team). The incumbents will be joined by four incoming Jackets, including two transfers and two freshmen, featuring another all-American in Tamara Otene.
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