Oct. 1, 2004
After defeating Clemson earlier this week, the Georgia Tech volleyball team (8-5, 3-0 ACC) continues its road trip to take on conference newcomer Virginia Tech (7-6, 2-0 ACC) Sunday at 1 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. Depending on the outcome of the Hokies matchup with Clemson on Friday, the match could be for a first place standing in the conference race.
“Our match this weekend is important for a number of reasons,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “First, Virginia Tech is an unknown entity in our conference and already they find themselves at the top of the the standings in our conference. Secondly, we are a little unfamilar with them, and since we haven’t faced their team in a long time, we are working hard as a staff to get our team familar with their personnel.”
Sunday’s match marks only third meeting between the Yellow Jackets and the Hokies, with the series tied at 1-1. The last time the two teams met was during the 1999 season when the Jackets defeated the Hokies in three games..
In Tech’s win over Clemson Tuesday night, several Yellow Jacket players had strong performances. Lynnette Moster, this week’s ACC Player of the Week, led the team in kills with 24 while hitting .426 and recording 12 digs. In addition, Lauren Sauer had her most productive match of the season, connecting on 24 kills and hitting .340 against the Tigers while Lindsey Laband recorded a career-high 70 assists in the match and directed an offense which as a team hit .360, it’s highest percentage of the season.
“Our offense is really starting to take shape and it looks like the offense we had last year,” said Shymansky. “The big question for us is our defense, which has to get better. It’s something that we’ve been working all week on and will continue to work on through the course of the season.”
“We want to win on the road in the conference because that is the way to capulut yourselves to the top. We are in the middle of a long road stretch and going up to Virginia Tech and being able to focus on them as a sole opponent is an advantage for us, but also a big test.”