Nov. 9, 2001
Kyleen Bell was virtually unstoppable, recording 14 kills and hitting .583 as the Yellow Jackets defeated Virginia in three games, 32-30, 30-23, 30-22. Georgia Tech improves to 17-6, 11-4 in the conference while Virginia falls to 7-16, 3-12 in the league. With the victory, the Yellow Jackets assured themselves of a third place finish in the conference.
A strong hitting performance was turned in by Tech, recording a season-high .425 hitting percentage while holding the Cavaliers to a .262 percentage. Four Yellow Jackets finished the match with double-figure kills, including Lynnette Moster who had 10, Alexandra Preiss who had 12 and Lauren Sauer who notched 13. Defensively, Tech was led by Moster and Aston who each tallied nine digs. Kele Eveland recorded 45 assists and seven digs and five kills for the Jackets.
“It was important to win in three games tonight to keep our momentum,” said head coach Shelton Collier. “It is critical to enter our tournament next weekend playing well, and we did some good things tonight. Another conference road win for us, and it clinches at least third place in the league for us.”
Game one was tight, with neither team holding more than a three point lead. Tech had a lead of 20-17 on a Virginia hitting error, but the Cavaliers came back to tie it on a service ace and two kills, making the score 20-20. Virginia then notched four straight kills to make the score 27-29, but a sideout from Lynnette Moster, and kills from Bell and Lauren Sauer gave the Jackets the lead, 30-29. The Jackets would go on to capture the game 32-30 as Sauer recorded a kill and the Cavaliers recorded a hitting error. In the game, Tech hit .383 to the Cavaliers’ .280 and Bell led the Jackets with seven kills.
In game two, Tech came out strong, mounting a 7-2 lead. Virginia fought back to tie the score at 14 a piece, but the Jackets then went on a 13-5 scoring run to take a commanding 27-19 lead. Tech would go on to win, 30-23, on one of Moster’s three service aces in the game. The Jackets hit .567 in the game with 20 kills in the game, including four from Moster, Alexandra Preiss and Bell.
In the final game, Tech jumped out to a 7-2 lead and held the lead throughout the game and went on to win 30-22. In the game the Jackets hit .345 with four kills from Moster and Sauer.
Georgia Tech will finish out its conference slate tomorrow afternoon when they take on Maryland (11-12, 7-8 ACC) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Ritchie Coliseum.