Nov. 16, 2001
Despite a two games to none lead, the Georgia Tech (18-7) volleyball team fell in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to Maryland (12-13) in five games, 30-26, 30-19, 23-20, 28-30, 13-15.
“A crushing defeat for our program,” said head coach Shelton Collier. “We came with the intent of making a run at the ACC title, and we get bounced out in the first round. This is very disappointing for our staff and players, but credit Maryland, they played well and deserve to win the match.”
Pachale recorded a double-double with 27 kills and 12 digs, while Alexandra Preiss notched 13 kills and five block assists. Kyleen Bell tallied 12 kills and six block assists. Tina Mesquita and Kele Eveland shared the setting responsibilities with Mesquita recording a career high 30 assists while Eveland had 32. Lynnette Moster led the Jackets with 15 digs. As a team, the Jackets outhit Maryland .245 to .225, outdug the Terrapins 68 to 64, and outblocked Maryland 12 to eight.
Georgia Tech will return to action on Friday when they face arch-rival Georgia at 7 p.m. in O’Keefe Gymansium.