Nov. 11, 2003
After clinching the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title Saturday, the No. 6 Georgia Tech (26-1) volleyball team hosts arch-rival Georgia (15-11) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Several exciting promotions are scheduled including free pizza to the first 100 fans as the Yellow Jackets attempt to break the ACC attendance record of 3,211 set last year against Florida State. In addition, one lucky fan will have a chance to win two tickets to the upcoming sold out Georgia football game on Nov. 29. Tickets for the game may be purchased at Gate 1 and are $4 for adults and $2 for students.
“There’s no question that Georgia versus Georgia Tech is the biggest rivalry for each school and we do everything that we can to make sure that they are on our schedule every year,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “We have a lot of great volleyball fans at Georgia Tech, but a Georgia match will bring out Georgia Tech fans that won’t know a lot about volleyball, but they know they want to see the Yellow Jackets take on the Bulldogs. I think it is going to be a great match and our team is looking forward to it.”
Tech has won the last four meetings, including a 3-1 victory last season in Athens. The match marks the sixth consecutive year the two teams have met, and the 25th time overall, with Georgia holding the all-time series edge, 20-4. The match will be broadcast live on WREK radio (91.1 FM) and will be available in streaming audio over the internet at www.wrek.org and livestats will also be provided at www.ramblinwreck.com.
The Jackets are led this season by a slew of players including Kele Eveland, who leads the nation in assists per game (15.01), Alexandra Preiss, who is ranked fifth in the nation in hitting percentage (.430), Jayme Gergen, who is ranked 9th in the nation in hitting percentage (.408), Lynnette Moster who leads the team in kills per game (4.35), and Lauren Sauer, who is second on the team in kills (375).
“Stepping out of conference will certainly be a challenge, but I think our team identifies how important it is to beat Georgia and they are working hard in practice and getting ready for the match this week,” said Shymansky. “They are the rival for Georgia Tech and we certainly don’t take them lightly. We want to make it five in a row and are working hard to prepare for them. It’s something that has been in our minds and our players minds ever since the schedule was released.”