GEORGIA TECH 3, LIBERTY 0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-19)
ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia Tech and Liberty each prevailed in thrilling Round 2 victories in the 2019 NIVC. Tuesday night went the Yellow Jackets’ way, though, as Georgia Tech (24-8) rolled to a 3-0 win over the Flames (21-12).
Recently tabbed AVCA Region coach of the year, Michelle Collier received outstanding efforts up and down the lineup. The front line particularly put its stamp on the match. Julia Bergman led the way with a match-high 15 kills while Mariana Brambilla and Mikaila Dowd followed closely behind with eight and seven kills, respectively.
Defensively, the Yellow Jackets held Liberty to just a .031 attack percentage. Maddie Tippett and Mikaila Dowd each registered 13 digs. As a team, Georgia Tech tallied nine blocks.
Payton Carter led the way for the Flames, totaling six kills and 10 digs. Hannah Morris picked up 11 assists.
Georgia Tech will await the winner of TCU and Colgate in a match to be played on Thursday, December 12, at 5 p.m. ET.
SOUTH DAKOTA 3, UT ARLINGTON 2 (25-21, 22-25, 25-15, 23-25, 15-11)
VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota had lost just one set prior to its quarterfinal matchup against UT Arlington on Tuesday evening. The Coyotes managed so skate through the thrilling five-set affair, 3-2, advancing to the NIVC semifinals.
A team that prides itself on clean hitting, South Dakota (30-2) did not commit an error in the third set and only registered nine in the final three frames.
No one outshone Elizabeth Juhnke. The freshmen outside hitter from Lakeville, Minnesota hammered home a match-high 23 kills. Sami Slaughter (13 kills) and Elizabeth Loschen (12 kills) also finished with double-figure totals.
Anne Rasmussen and Lolo Weideman led the way defensively for head coach Leanne Williamson, tallying 17 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Mavericks (20-14) were led by Brooke Townsend who managed 13 kills. Bre Walp and Madison Hill each had 11.
South Dakota will await the winner of Tulsa and Weber State in a match to be played on Thursday, December 12, at 7 p.m. ET.