Aug. 3, 2001
BERLIN, Germany – In its final match of the German tour, the Georgia Tech volleyball team fell to the German Junior National Team in three games, 17-25, 17-25, 18-25. Maja Pachale led the Jackets with 13 kills and seven digs, while Amanda Hess had four kills and seven digs. Keight Vincent notched a team-high eight digs.
“Although we saw some noticeable progress with our team in some areas of the game tonight, we really got a lesson in high level volleyball,” said Collier. “The German Junior National team played at such a high level, I am sure not too many top collegiate teams would have beaten them tonight. They are so physically talented and play the game almost error free, so we really had to work hard to compete for every point we got for the entire match. We came here for a challenge, and we certainly got all we could handle tonight.”
“Our match tonight was a tough one, but one that our team can certainly learn from,” said Kyleen Bell. “As a whole, this trip has been a wonderful experience. It was great that we had the opportunity to return to Maja*s hometown, like we do with so many other players on our team. Throughout the 12 days, we made great improvements as a team and at times played very well together. I am excited about our upcoming season, and I know this will help us tremendously.”
“I have been excited about this trip for months,” said Maja Pachale. “This was an opportunity for me to show my teammates my hometown and show them the German culture. One of the highlights had to have been having my sister, Hanka, see me play, since she hadn*t in nearly four years. I knew the level of play would be high, but each team we played still impressed me. After the first two matches, I thought we made improvements and I was pleased with the way we played. This has been good preparation for the season that starts when we return.”
“All in all, it was a very successful trip and I am proud of our team for playing so well in so many games,” said Collier.
The team returns to Atlanta on Sunday prior to two-a-day practices which begin on Aug. 9. The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Aug. 31 when it takes on Utah and Texas Tech in the Utah Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah.