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The Citadel Volleyball Closes Out Season

The Citadel closed out their season after falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to...
The Citadel closed out their season after falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Georgia Tech (21-25, 15-25, 26-28).(The Citadel Volleyball)
Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 11:58 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. – The Citadel closed out their season after falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Georgia Tech (21-25, 15-25, 26-28). The match marked the first appearance at the tournament in program history.  

Game Information

Score: The Citadel 0, Georgia Tech 3

Records: The Citadel (14-12, 7-9), Georgia Tech (24-5, 14-4)

Location: O’Keefe Gym (Atlanta, Georgia)

How it Happened

  • The first set opened with a kill from Maddy Cardenas, but was quickly returned after a Bulldog service error.
  • The team’s continued to exchange points and were still tied at 6.
  • The Yellow Jackets were able to take off and go on a three-point run, but the Bulldogs stayed constant and worked their way back to a tie at 17.
  • Georgia Tech took another three-point lead, and although the Bulldogs pulled back within one, it was not enough to find the lead and the set ended at 25-21.
  • Set two saw an early lead from the Yellow Jackets at 8-4.
  • The Citadel once again pulled within two, only to be returned by a six-point run from Georgia Tech.
  • The run was interrupted by a Yellow Jacket error, but it did not slow them down, and they ended the set at 25-15.
  • The Bulldogs came out strong in the third set and took a 3-0 lead, and were able to keep that lead throughout the first half of the set.
  • Georgia Tech caught up at 14, and the team’s continued to trade points, keeping it tied to the end.
  • A kill from Ali Ruffin pushed the set past 25, but a Yellow Jacket kill and block ended the set and match at 28-26.

Inside the Box Score

  • The Citadel qualified for the NCAA Tournament after winning the Southern Conference Championship for the first time in program history.
  • Sharlissa de Jesus ended her career with 1,843 kills, 1,439 digs, and 182 service aces. de Jesus secured the kills All-Time Leader title last season, but has now secured the third place All-Time for digs, and has tied for second in service aces.
  • Outside hitter, Ali Ruffin, led the Bulldogs in Round One of tournament play with nine kills, eight digs, and a .320 hitting percentage.
  • Sharlissa de Jesus and Makaya Middleton followed with six kills each.
  • Belle Hogan handed out 24 assists.