Historic Coyote season ends with silver

VERMILLION, S.D. (GoYotes.com) —Georgia Tech jumped out to leads in all three sets and fought off South Dakota to score a 3-0 win in the championship match of the National Invitational Volleyball Tournament Tuesday before a record crowd of 2,431 inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Scores went 25-23, 25-23 and 25-17.

The Yellow Jackets out of the ACC won five consecutive matches to take the crown and dropped just two sets in the process. Georgia Tech ended its season on a 10-game win streak to finish 26-8 overall.

Georgia Tech’s Mariana Brambilla and Julia Bergmann both posted double-doubles in the win. Brambilla had a match-high 16 kills to go with 12 digs while Bergmann finished 10 and 12. Mikaila Dowd added nine.

Coyote freshman Elizabeth Juhnke led South Dakota with 15 kills, all of which came in the first two sets. Sami Slaughter added nine and Elizabeth Loschen put down six.

South Dakota libero Anne Rasmussen finished with a match-high 13 digs, giving her 612 on the season, the second-most in program history and four shy of the record. She also finished 16 digs shy of the Coyotes’ career mark.

South Dakota lost at home for the first time in 19 matches dating back to last season, ending the nation’s fourth-longest streak. The Coyotes finished with a 31-3 record, an undefeated Summit League title, and completed the program’s best season at any level.