Sept. 7, 2003
Lynnette Moster recorded 19 kills and hit .531 as the No. 12 Georgia Tech volleyball team defeated Western Michigan 3-0 (30-15, 30-18, 30-23) Sunday in the championship match of the Buckeye Classic. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 5-0 while the Broncos fall to 3-2.
Offensively, the Jackets were tough to stop as Eveland notched 52 assists and the team hit .528 in the match. Four players from Tech ended the match with double-figure kills Lauren Sauer recorded 14, Jayme Gergen had 11 and Alexandra Preiss tallied 10.
Defensively, Tech was just as tough as Jennifer Randall had 10 digs, followed by Marisa who had 9, Eveland with 7 and Moster with 6 while holding Western Michigan to a .226 hitting percentage.
“I thought that our offense was very efficient this weekend,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “Several of our players had great tournaments. As a team, we had only 11 hitting errors for the weekend, which is phenomenal. Jayme Gergen recorded only 1 error in two matches and did a good job for us blocking and on defense and Lynnette and Lauren did a great job of mixing up their shots. I thought that once again, Kele did a good job of spreading out our offense and keeping Western Michigan guessing as to who was going to get the set. We are playing well as a team right now and are excited about the tournament next weekend.”
The Broncos were led by Carman Malone and Shannon Jackson, who each had eight kills in the match.
Georgia Tech will return to action Friday when they face No. 25 Michigan State in the US Bank/Arby’s Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Yellow Jackets built a 15-9 lead in game one on good serving and execution of the middle attack. During that run, Vincent recorded two aces while Moster had one, and middleblocks Gergen and Preiss accounted for six kills. After a timeout, Randall served seven points for Tech, as Randall recorded two service aces and great ball control from Marisa Aston led to kills from Sauer and a stuff block from the tandem of Gergen and Eveland. With the score 25-10, the Jackets did not look back scoring on two kills from Priess and one from Moster to win the game, 30-15. In the game, Tech hit .563 and recorded 16 digs to the Broncos 9. Marisa Aston led the way with 5 digs while Gergen tallied five kills to lead the Jackets.
Game two opened with the Broncos scoring two points, but two kills from Sauer and one more from Preiss gave Tech its first lead at 4-3. The Jackets then scored three straight points on the serving of Vincent and two kills from Moster to make the score 9-4. With the score at 14-10, Randall then served four straight points and Tech scored on a kill and a solo block from Gergen to lead 18-10. Tech then went on a 12-8 scoring run to win the game 30-18, earning points on five kills from Moster and three from Sauer. In the game, Moster recorded seven kills while Sauer added six and Eveland tallied 18 assists.
Game three began close, with both teams siding out back and forth. With the score 9-8 Tech, the Jackets scored on a kill from Gergen, two Bronco hitting errors and kills from Gergen and Sauer to take a 13-9 lead. Western Michigan called a timeout trailing 14-18, but Tech continued to play well with kills from Kuhn and Moster, an ace from Preiss and a solo block from Sauer making the score 22-16 and forcing another timeout. The Broncos fought back, scoring on a kill and a service ace to make the score 26-22. Tech the sided out on a kill from Sauer and then scored the final points of the match on two kills from Moster and a service ace from Eveland.