Sept. 14, 2002
Despite a career high 31 kills from Lynnette Moster (.397 percentage) and a career high 21 digs by Marisa Aston, the Georgia Tech volleyball team fell to South Florida in five games, 28-30, 30-28, 30-28, 21-30, 12-15. The Jackets fall to 8-2 on the season while South Florida improves to 7-2 with the win.
The Jackets were outhit by the Bulls, .235 to .265, and could not contain the outside hitters of South Florida. Michelle Collier tallied 35 kills and Jolene Patton had 23 to combine for 48 of the 81 kills for South Florida in the match.
“South Florida’s outside hitters dominated the match,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “After a good win last night, I was disappointed with the way our team came out to play this morning. We got good leadership from Lynnette and Alexandra, but our execution as a team was not enough in the end. Hopefully we can regroup for our match this afternoon against a good Kansas State team.”
In the first game, the Bulls jumped out to a 11-8 lead with Michelle Collier getting three kills in the stretch. Georgia Tech chipped away at the lead and finally tied the score at 16-16 on kill from Alexandra Preiss, one of seven she recorded in the first game. South Florida came back with kills from Collier and Bonnye Glover to take the lead, 25-21, and forcing the Jackets into a timeout. After the timeout, Preiss recorded two kills and Moster tallied one, making the score 25-27. Tech then tied the score at 28-28 on two hitting errors by the Bulls. Two errors by the Jackets then gave the first game to South Florida, 30-28.
In game two, the Bulls continued to play well, holding a 11-7 on two kills from Collier and several Jacket errors. Jennifer Randall recorded two service aces to tie the score at 11-11. South Florida came back and to take a 20-14 lead on four straight Jacket hitting errors and an overpass on serve reception. With the score 21-24, the Jackets mounted a comeback with a solo block from Lauren Sauer, a kill from Sauer and Preiss, and a stuff block by Sauer and Preiss to tie the score. The first lead of the game for Tech came at 27-26 on a Bulls’ hitting errors. A solo block from Moster gave the Jackets a 28-26 lead, followed by kills from Preiss and Moster, helped Tech win game two, 30-28.
Tech carried its momentum into game three, opening with a 17-11 lead. Moster recorded five of her nine kills in the game during the stretch, followed by Preiss who had three of her six kills during the run. The Bulls made a game of it, though, tied the Jackets a 23-23 on a hitting error by Preiss and two straight kills from Collier. However, Moster came back with three kills giving Tech the game, 30-28. In the game, the Jackets outhit the Bulls, .353 to .286 and outdug them 23 to 16.
The Jackets opened up game four with a 11-8 lead and seemed in control. But, South Florida fought back and took a 13-12 lead on a kill from Collier, one of 13 she recorded in the game. The Jackets’ offense struggled, hitting .089 in the game while the Bulls found themselves in a rhythym, building a 27-21 lead. A miscued set from Eveland and two kills from Collier gave South Florida the game, 30-21.
The fifth game was a thriller, with both teams sideing out back and forth. The score was tied at 6-6 when South Florida took the lead on a reception error from Aston and a kill from Rachel Dobes. The Jackets hung in there and came to within 12-13, with two kills from Moster. But, Joelene Patton recorded a kill and then served the games’ final point, as the Bulls won, 15-12.
The Yellow Jackets return to action Saturday at 5 p.m against No. 24 Kansas State in their final match of the South Florida Adidas Invitational.