Dec. 4, 2003
Alexandra Preiss recorded 13 kills, hit .478, posted four service aces and had four blocks as the No. 11 Georgia Tech volleyball team defeated Alabama A&M, 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-22) in the NCAA 1st Round match in Atlanta, Ga. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 32-3 on the season while Alabama A&M concludes its season with a 23-6 overall record.
Georgia Tech will take on Florida A&M (27-3), who defeated Winthrop (24-13) in three games earlier in the day, 31-29, 30-16, 30-27. The match will take place Friday at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Tickets to the match may be purchased at Gate 1 approximately one hour prior to the match.
“Tonight was a good start for us and I think it is very important for our program to advance into the second round of the tournament,” said head coach Bond Shymansky, who is now 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament as a head coach. “This is only the second time in our program’s history that we’ve accomplished this and we are proud of that and hope to keep it going. We got a lot of people into the match tonight and a number of players good tournament experience and that is important not only to our current players, but to the players that are our future at Georgia Tech. We will face a very deceiving Florida A&M team tomorrow, but we are excited and look forward to the challenge and to a great match.”
Tech’s offense was stellar, as the team hit .423 in the match. In addition to Preiss, Jayme Gergen notched 11 kills and hit .450, Lynnette Moster had seven kills and hit .400, Jennifer Randall had four kills and hit .444 and Lauren Sauer recorded four kills and hit .429.
Defensively, the Jackets had 30 digs in the match as Marisa Aston posted a match-high nine followed by Moster who had six and Abby Showers who tallied four. At the net, Tech recorded 6 blocks, as Gergen and Moster each had two.
The entire lineup played in the match tonight as Lindsey Laband ran the offense in the third game recorded 12 assists and directed the Jackets to a .432 hitting percentage in the game. The final point of the match came on a attack from Katie Mohs, her first career kill as a Yellow Jacket, as she hit the ball off the block and into the stands for the Tech victory.