Semifinal Recaps - Dec. 14, 2019
GEORGIA TECH 3, TCU 1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-8, 25-23)
ATLANTA, GA — Sophomore Mariana Brambilla had 25 kills and freshman Julia Bergmann added 12 kills as Georgia Tech worked past TCU on Saturday to earn a spot in the championship match of the 2019 NIVC.
The Yellow Jackets (25-8) will play either South Dakota or Tulsa in the final; details will be announced later. The Horned Frogs end their season at 12-18.
Georgia Tech nursed a small lead in Set 1, and TCU closed within 21-20. Kills from Brambilla and Dowd and an ace from Brambilla led the charge as the Yellow Jackets won four straight points. TCU responded in Set 2 by taking a 19-8 lead that was cut to 20-15, but a kill from Adams closed the set for the Horned Frogs.
In Set 3, Georgia Tech took leads of 6-0 and 14-1, hitting .727 overall. The final set was back and forth, with the Yellow Jackets hitting better than .300 in that set as well.
Matti McKissock had 44 assists for Georgia Tech. Bergmann also had six aces; Maddie Tippett had 15 digs and Mikaila Dowd added 11 digs.
For TCU, Katie Clark and Julia Adams each had 12 kills. McKenzie Nichols added 30 assists and Dani Dennison had 16 digs.
SOUTH DAKOTA 3, TULSA 1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-13)
VERMILLION, SD — South Dakota dropped the first set in front of its home crowd, but turned around to sweep the next three, topping Tulsa and earning a spot in the championship match of the 2019 NIVC.
The Coyotes (31-2) will play host to Georgia Tech in the final, set for 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Golden Hurricane ends their season at 18-16.
Tulsa jumped ahead in front of a raucous crown in Set 1; the next set was tied at 18-all before South Dakota responded and tied the match. Tulsa’s hitting percentage in Set 3 was in the negative, while the Coyotes had a 14-6 edge in kills. In the final set, South Dakota used a 4-0 run to take a 14-9 lead and never looked back.
For the Coyotes, freshman Elizabeth Juhnke had 24 kills and senior Elizabeth Loschen added 10 kills. Sophomore Madison Jurgens had 46 kills and 17 digs. Anne Rasmussen had 22 digs, and Lolo Weideman added 17 digs as the Coyotes had a 58-37 lead in kills.
Callie Cook had nine kills; Taylor Horsfall had 29 digs, and Mariah Pardo and Roosa Rautio each had 15 assists.