Sept. 12, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GEORGIA TECH SPORTS INFORMATION SEPTEMBER 12, 2003
Lynnette Moster recorded 20 kills and hit .500 as the No. 10 Georgia Tech volleyball team swept No. 17 Michigan State in three games, 30-20, 30-16, 30-25 in the first match of the US Bank/Arby’s Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 6-0 while the Spartans fall to 5-1.
“This is a good start to an important weekend to our program,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “Our ball control was really strong the entire match, which allowed us to hit at a very high efficiency. I thought our team did a great job of coming into the match and staying focused. Michigan State is a good team so to win in three games and lead the entire match shows just how determined we were to win this rematch.”
Georgia Tech, who leads the nation in hitting percentage, hit .455 in the match while holding the Spartans to a .218 percentage. Defensively, the Jackets recorded 47 to Michigan State’s 30.
Offensively, Lauren Sauer recorded 12 kills in the match and hit .524, Jayme Gergen and Alexandra Preiss each followed with seven while Laura Kuhn posted 5. Defensively, Kele Eveland led the way with 10 digs followed by Moster and Aston who each had nine. At the net, Moster and Preiss each had five blocks in the match.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Saturday when they face No. 13 Santa Clara at 12 p.m. in Lincoln Coliseum. Fans may follow the match viewing livestats which may be found on www.huskers.com.
The first game started off as a struggle back and forth as both team’s sided-out on a consistent basis. The score was knotted at 12-12 before the Yellow Jackets scored on kills from Sauer and Preiss and a defensive dig from Moster which led to a kill from Eveland giving Tech a 15-12 lead. Tech then scored on three kills from Moster which forced the Spartans into a timeout at 20-15. After the timeout, the Jackets scored on solo blocks from Moster and Gergen and two kills from Sauer, and several Michigan State hitting errors. Tech made the score 29-20 on a dig from Aston which led to a kill from Moster. The Jackets scored the final point of the game on a stuff block from Preiss and Moster. In the game, Tech outhit the Spartans .500 to .237 and outdug them 13 to 9. Moster led the way with 6 kills followed by Sauer who had 5. Defensively, Moster, Eveland and Aston each had 3 digs.
The Jackets carried their momentum into the second game, scoring the games first three points on a Spartan serving error and two kills from Moster. Tech built a 12-4 lead with kills from Moster, Sauer and Gergen and continued to dominate offensively. The Jackets won the games final two points on Spartan hitting errors to take the game, 30-16. In the game, Tech recorded only two hitting errors while posting a .500 hitting percentage while the Spartans hit only .105.
In game three, the score was 22-21 before the Jackets scored on a kill from Moster forcing the Spartans to call a timeout. After the timeout, Tech scored on another kill from Moster and a service ace from Eveland to make the score 25-22. The Jackets didn’t look back, outscoring Michigan State 5-3 and winning the final point on a kill from Gergen.