Aug. 29, 2003
Lynnette Moster recorded 17 kills and nine digs while Kele Eveland notched 44 assists as the 12th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0) began the 2003 season with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 37-35) win over Northwestern (0-1) Friday night in the Courtyard by Marriott Classic.
“I thought that Kele did a fantastic job tonight of getting our offense running on all cylinders this early in the season,” said head coach Bond Shymansky, who is now 2-0 in season openers as a head coach. “Our team hitting efficiency was evidence of good ball control and great execution. Lynnette Moster did a fantastic job opening the season and showing why she was an all-American last year. But, more importantly, we are getting much better performance from Lauren Sauer and Jayme Gergen to bring more depth to our offensive attack. Northwestern is a very strong team and sure to make noise in the Big-10.”
The Jackets’ offense was outstanding in the season opener, hitting .403 as a team. Lauren Sauer connected on 13 kills and hit .440 while Alexandra Preiss followed with 12 kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Jayme Gergen recorded six kills and hit .333 while Laura Kuhn tallied eight kills and hit .235.
Northwestern was led by Erika Lange who recorded 15 kills and hit .448.
“It was great to start the season with a win against a solid opponent in front of our O’Keefe faithful,” said Shymansky. “Now we have a lot of work to do every day to make sure we get better and elevate our game to the next level.”
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Saturday as they host Coastal Carolina (1-0) at 12 p.m. followed by a 7:30 contest with Alabama (0-1) in O’Keefe Gymnasium.