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News and Notes on the 4th Ranked Volleyball Team

Oct. 29, 2003

Tech Opens 2003 Campaign with 22 Wins

The Jackets have begun the 2003 season with 22 straight wins, marking the best start to a season in school history. This also equals the longest winning streak in school history.

Next up for the Jackets….Virginia and Maryland

The Yellow Jackets will take on Virginia and Maryland this weekend for their final ACC road matches of the season. In their two previous meeting, the Jackets were victorious in both, defeating Maryland in four gamea nd Virginia in three.

Now Down to Two

Heading into action this weekend, two teams remain undefeated this season and at 22-0 Georgia Tech is one of them. The other school is #1 Southern California (20-0).

Jackets Remain At No. 4

In the 2003 USA Today/AVCA poll for Oct. 27, the Yellow Jackets remained fourth, representing the highest ranking in school history and the highest ranking achieved by any school in the ACC. Only Southern California, Hawaii and Florida are ahead of the Jackets in the poll.

Dating back to last season, this marks the 23rd consecutive week that Tech has been ranked in the Top 25, which sets a new record by an ACC school. Georgia Tech held the previous record, having been ranked 22 consecutive weeks during the span from 9/5/95-10/1/96.

In the issue dated Oct. 20th Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll, the Jackets are ranked 5th.

Perfect through the First Half

Through the first half of the ACC schedule, the Jackets were perfect, winning eight straight ACC matches, marking the first tijme in school history that Tech had done so.

Tech was nearly perfect in games, defeating seven of the eight teams in the minimum three games. The Jackets only blemish was a 3-1 victory over Maryland, giving Tech a 24-1 record in ACC games.

Moster Named ACC Player of the Week

After leading Tech to wins over North Carolina and NC State, Lynnette Moster earned ACC Player of the Week honors. For the week, the outside hitter averaged 4.86 kills per game, 4.14digs per game and 0.43 service aces per game and a .400 hittingpercentage.

This marks the first time this season and the fifth time in her career that Moster has won the award. She also becomes thefourth different Yellow Jacket this season to be named ACCPlayer of the Week.

Grand Killer

This season a trio of Georgia Tech players could reach the 1,000 kills mark for their careers. Lynnette Moster was the first to do so on Oct. 15 against Clemson and she was followed shortly thereafter by Alexandra Preiss, who recorded her 1,000th kill on Oct. 24 against North Carolina. If Sauer reaches the mark this season, which could happen this weekend, it would be the first time in program history for three players to join the prestigious club in the same year and the first time that three players with 1,000 or more kills were on the court at the same time.

        Lynnette Moster   1,047        Alexandra Preiss 1,022        Lauren Sauer 963     Needs 37 

Eveland In Reach of Career Assist Record

Senior setter Kele Eveland entered the 2003 season needing only 1,460 assists to surpass former Tech great Andrea Nachtrieb (1993-96) on the career assist list.

Eveland now stands with 5,625 in her career placing her second on the career assist list, ahead of Margaret Gales (86-89) who recorded 3,432.

With 478 to go and, at her current pace, Eveland should break the record in Tech’s 30th match this season. Look for the record to be broken near the end of the season at the home matches against Georgia or Clemson.

ACC Standings

TeamGeorgia Tech    10-0    1.000   22-0    1.000Maryland                 9-1    .900    20-4    .833North Carolina  7-3     .700    16-8    .667Wake Forest     7-4     .636    17-6    .739Virginia                 4-6    .400    20-6    .769Duke             4-7    .364    8-15    .348Clemson          3-7    .300    14-12   .538Florida State   2-8     .200    11-12   .478NC State                 0-10   .000    7-18    .280

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