Nov. 2, 2001
Led by senior outside hitter Maja Pachale who recorded a double-double with 28 kills and 17 digs while hitting an impressive .434, the Georgia Tech volleyball team defeated North Carolina in front of 1,711 fans in five games, 33-31, 27-30, 31-29, 28-30, 15-13. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 15-6, 9-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while North Carolina falls to 18-6, 10-3 in the league.
“A 15-13 win in the fifth game pretty much says it all,” said head coach Shelton Collier. “This was a great match for our fans, and an important win for our team.
“This win keeps us in the hunt for the conference title,” said Collier. “If we keep winning we will have a chance to at least share the title if some things fall into place.”
Besides Pachale, three other Yellow Jackets finished the match with double figure kills, including Alexandra Preiss and Kyleen Bell who each tallied 17 kills while Lauren Sauer notched a career high 15 kills. Defensively, Tech was led by Kele Eveland with 16 digs, followed by Amanda Hess and Lynnette Moster who each had 15 while Marisa Aston came off the bench to tally 10.In addition, Tech’s blocking was strong as Preiss notched nine block assists followed by Sauer who had seven.
“We really had to work hard to win this one,” said Collier. “I am very proud of our players. I thought that Kele Eveland set her best match of the season, which was definitely the key to the win for us tonight.”
The Tar Heels were led by Nicole Reis who notched 21 kills, followed by Krista Buchholz who had 19 kills. Laura Greene recorded a double-double with 18 kills and 28 digs.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Saturday night when they host NC State (6-17, 1-12) at 7 p.m. in O’Keefe Gym. The match is “Senior Night” as Tech will pay tribute to the senior class of Kyleen Bell, Maja Pachale and Dori Pap.