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News and Notes on the Tech Volleyball Team

Nov. 5, 2003

Tech Opens 2003 Campaign with 23 Wins

Before falling to Maryland on Nov. 1, the Jackets began the 2003 season with 23 straight wins, marking the best start to a season in school history and also the longest winning streak in school history. This was also the third longest winning streak in ACC history. Maryland has the longest streak at 26, followed by Duke with 25.

Next up for the Jackets….Florida State and Wake Forest

After defeating Duke on Tuesday night, the volleyball team returns to action Saturday and Sunday hosting Florida State and Wake Forest. Saturday’s match begins at 6 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday. Both matches will be played in O’Keefe Gymnasium.

Tech vs. Georgia in Coliseum

In efforts to break the ACC attendance record of 3,211 set last year by Georgia Tech, the match against the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 7p.m. has been moved to the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Several exciting promotions will occur at the match, including a chance for fans to win 2 tickets to the Georgia football game, ‘Point Tech’ cards to the first 400 fans, and post match autograph sessions with the women’s volleyball and basketball teams.

All fans are encouraged to “Keep the Red Out” and are asked to wear gold to the match.

Ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for students and advance tickets may be purchased on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com or by phone at 1-888-TECH-TIX. For groups of 10 or more, ticket prices are reduced to $2 and may be ordered by contacting Kevin Olivett at 404-894-6265. All Georgia Tech students and faculty are admitted free with their Buzz Card.

Jackets Fall to No. 7

After suffering their first defeat of the year to Maryland, in the 2003 USA Today/AVCA poll for Nov. 3, the Yellow Jackets dropped three spots to No. 7, receiving 1,238 points. Dating back to last season, this marks the 24th 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.

Grand Killer

This season a trio of Georgia Tech players reached 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. Lauren Sauer joined the trio on Nov. 4 against Duke, marking the first time in program history that three players joined 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 1,094 1,000th at Clemson (10/15) Alexandra Preiss 1,076 1,000th vs. UNC (10/24) Lauren Sauer 1,004 1,000th vs. Duke (11/4)

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 5,805 in her career placing her second on the career assist list, ahead of Margaret Gales (86-89) who recorded 3,432. With 298 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 as of 11/5

Georgia Tech 12-1    .923    24-1    .960    Maryland                 10-2   .833    21-5    .808North Carolina  8-4     .667    17-9    .654Wake Forest     8-5     .615    19-7    .731Virginia                 5-7    .417    21-7    .750Duke             5-8    .385    9-16    .360Florida State   4-8     .333    14-12   .538Clemson          4-9    .308    15-14   .517NC State                 0-12   .000    7-20    .259

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