Sept. 10, 2004
Lauren Sauer hit a season high .375 and posted 13 kills as the No. 21 Georgia Tech volleyball team won its first match of the season by posting a 3-0 (30-23, 30-12, 30-20) victory over Xavier Friday in the Renaissance/Georgia Tech Invitational. The Yellow Jackets improve to 1-4 while the Musketeers fall to 2-4.
“We worked hard this work and got what we were working towards, our first victory,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “It felt great to play in front of our home crowd and our players showed the emotion and energy to attack Xavier and be successful. Lynnette was a steadying force for us tonight, but our offense was really clicking with Lauren and Laura. Jayme continues to show she’s one of the best middles in the country and Lindsey keeps getting smarter, faster and better every night. We got great contribution from some younger players tonight which shows that Georgia Tech volleyball has a bright future. Xavier played aggressive out of the gates and our team struggled with finding the rhythm but once we settled our nerves and remembered what it was like to execute, the rhythm was on our side.”
Offensively, the Jackets posted a season-high .340 team hitting percentage. Lindsey Laband led the offense with 35 assists in the match. Lynnette Moster had 11 kills and hit .290 while Jayme Gergen had eight kills and hit .467, followed by Laura Kuhn who posted seven kills and hit .400 and Lindsey Gray had two kills and hit .667.
Defensively, Tech posted 40 digs and six block assists as a team. Aston had a team-high 13 digs while Randall added 11 and Moster chipped in six. At the net, Laband had four blocks, Gergen three blocks and Ulrike Stegemann added two.
Xavier was held to a .172 hitting percentage in the match as Kate Duchek led the team with nine kills.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Saturday, Sept. 11 when they take on Tennessee Tech (1-4) in the Renaissance/Georgia Tech Invitational at 6 p.m.