LEXINGTON, Ky. – Georgia Tech volleyball has been ranked No. 24 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Preseason Women’s Poll, the organization announced on Monday.
The selection marks the first time the Jackets have been named in a preseason poll since 2005. Since then, Tech first appeared in the Top 25 at No. 12 on Sept. 30, 2020 and has since been listed in each poll to date. The Yellow Jackets reached as high as No. 6 during that stretch for two consecutive weeks from Nov. 18-25 in the fall of 2020, the highest ranking for the Gold and White since 2003.
Georgia Tech comes in as one of four ranked ACC teams. The Jackets are slated to face four opponents ranked in the preseason top 25 this season in No. 9 Pitt (Oct. 10, road; Nov. 19, home), No. 12 Penn State (Aug. 27, neutral), No. 13 Louisville (Oct. 3, home; Nov. 12, road) and No. 25 Notre Dame (Oct. 1, home). Each of the aforementioned teams participated in the 48-team reduced field NCAA Tournament in 2020 as Pitt advanced to the Elite Eight, Penn State and Louisville reached the Sweet 16 and Notre Dame advanced to the Second Round.
The Jackets boast 10 returners from the 2020 NCAA Tournament team coming into the 2021 season, including 2020 AVCA All-Americans and unanimous All-ACC First Team selections Mariana Brambilla and Julia Bergmann, along with All-ACC Second Team selection and former ACC Setter of the Year Matti McKissock. The incumbents are joined by eight newcomers, including Nebraska transfer Nicole Drewnick and Miami Dade transfer Paola Pimentel, along with six incoming freshmen.
Tech will host its final preseason match in an exhibition against South Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. in O’Keefe Gymnasium. Admission to the exhibition is free, and doors open at 3 p.m. Fans may park in the McCamish Pavilion lot or in the East O’Keefe Gymnasium lot.
Following the exhibition, Tech will open the regular season on the road at the UCF Challenge by taking on No. 12 Penn State and UCF (Aug. 27) in Orlando, Fla. The Jackets will make their official return to O’Keefe Gymnasium hosting the Georgia Tech Classic, beginning with Mississippi State (Sept. 9).
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