Nov. 30, 2001
The Georgia Tech volleyball team (19-8) mounted a comeback, but it was not enough for the win as they fell to Louisville (26-6) in five games, 32-34, 19-30, 30-27, 30-24, 4-15, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Lynnette Moster led the Yellow Jackets with a career high 13 kills and 18 digs, followed by Maja Pachale who had 23 kills and 12 digs. Alexandra Preiss notched 17 kills and five blocks, while Amanda Hess tallied 16 digs and Keight Vincent recorded a career high 14 digs.
“I have always had a lot of respect for the Louisville volleyball program and I have followed it for a long time,” said head coach Shelton Collier. “I think we had two pretty evenly match teams tonight, both with something to prove, in a slugfest and they found a way to push over the hump and win in five. Credit Louisville for turning it up in game five when they had too.”
“We felt like after game one that we were in a position to win, and I don’t think our team felt like we were overmatched,” said Collier. “The only chance we had to win the match was to win in five, and I was proud of our team for hanging in there to push it to the fifth game. In game five, they jumped out to a 4-1 lead, and its hard in rally scoring to come back when you are only playing the game to fifteen.”
“Of course it is disappointing to not be able to win the match,” said Pachale. “But I am proud of our team that we got it to five games and didn’t give up after the first two games. Even though we didn’t turn it over, I think we can still be proud of the fact that we fought hard, we just couldn’t win the final game.”
The game was close in game one with the Jackets hitting .197 to the Cardinals .200 and the Jackets outblocking the Cardinals three to two. Preiss led Tech with six kills, while Pachale followed with four. Tech held a 29-25 lead in game one, but could not manage a sideout to win the game. Louisville scored four straight points to tie the game at 29-29, and then the two teams battled back and forth before a hitting error by Bell game the Cardinals the game, 34-32.
Game two was a different story, with Tech never able to get things going in the game. Louisville took the momentum the gained from their comeback in game one and jumped out to a 11-5 lead. The Cardinals would increase their lead to 24-13 and go on to win the game, 30-19. The Cardinals recorded 17 kills to Tech’s nine, and outhit the Jackets .204 to .000.
In game three, Tech fell behind by as many as seven points. With the score 11-18, the Jackets began chipping away at the lead and tied the score at 22-22 on a service ace by Pachale. Tech their first lead of the game, 25-24, on a kill from Kyleen Bell and a Louisville error. Three kills by Pachale and a Cardinal hitting error led to Tech’s win of game three, 30-27. In the game, Tech recorded 18 kills and a .196 hitting percentage to Louisville’s 16 kills and .000 percentage.
Louisville took a 12-8 lead in game four, but Tech remained calm and chipped away at the lead. Tech tied the game at 13-13 on a kill from Lauren Sauer. The Jackets then reeled off four straight points on a kill from Moster and three Louisiville hitting errors to take the lead 17-13. In the game, Pachale notched seven kills, while Moster followed with six kills and five digs.
The Cardinals rebounded in game five and played outstanding, hitting .526 to Tech’s .000. The Jackets fell behind 1-4 and never could recover, losing the final game 4-15.