Aug. 23, 2002
With fall semester classes beginning this week, the Georgia Tech volleyball team concluded two-a-day practices and moves into its final practices before the opening weekend of play at the George Mason Tournament, Aug. 30-31.
“I was very pleased with the way that our training camp went this year,” said first year head coach Bond Shymansky. “We were able to accomplish a number of the goals that we had, and I felt like each player reported in great shape and with the desire to improve and compete each day. The main goal we had was getting together as a program and as a coaching staff with the players and getting the freshmen trained and disciplined and we definitely achieved that goal.”
Coach Shymansky noted that he was particularly pleased with the way the team played in their intra-squad scrimmage last Saturday.
“The exclamation point on our progress was the scrimmage on Saturday,” said Shymansky. “A number of our players really showed that they had gotten a lot out of training camp. In particular, Lauren Sauer played unbelievable. She did everything that our coaching staff expected of her and more. Kele Eveland set very well while Lynnette Moster was a solid anchor for us both offensively and with her ball control. And, I was pleased with the play of Jayme Gergen – she has really stepped up her game and is challenging Laura Kuhn for the second middle blocking position. In addition, both of our liberos, Keight Vincent and Marisa Aston, played well and are going to help us with our ball control, which is going to be very important this year.”
Shymansky also remarked on the impressive play of three new player’s to this year’s roster in Blair Moon (Missouri City, Texas), Jennifer Randall (Long Beach, Calif.) and Lindsey Laband (Monument, Colo.).
“Blair has played very well for us thus far,” said Shymansky. “She will see playing time on the rightside for us this season, and she is quickly making the transition with the speed of the game from high school to college level volleyball.”
“Jennifer has been playing extremely well with her ball control with passing, digging, and hitting, which is going to be a huge asset to us this fall,” said Shymanksy. “And, I thought that Lindsey did a fantastic job for us as our backup setter.”
The Yellow Jackets will open their season against Villanova in the George Mason Tournament in Fairfax, Va. on Aug. 30, followed by a matchup with Rice later that evening.
“We will still work on the basics everyday in practice, but our focus now will be on how our team is working as a unit,” said Shymansky. “We will put our team in different point scoring situations to see how a starting lineup will react to given situations in efforts to get them as game ready as possible. There are still questions that we have with our lineup that need to be answered in the next week, but it feels like things are tying together pretty well and that the team is starting to congeal.”