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Volleyball Stops Duke in Three Games

Oct. 9, 2004

Final Stats

Lynnette Moster recorded 21 kills and 14 digs while hitting .559 to lead the Georgia Tech volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-26) win over Duke Saturday night. With the win, the Yellow Jackets have now won nine straight while improving to 11-5, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference while the Blue Devils fall to 13-5, 4-3 ACC.

“Our outside hitters were strong contributors in a great team performance,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “Duke has a lot of offensive weapons who were tough to contain. Winning on the road is so important to us in conference play because we know we can defend well in our home gym. Lynnette played like an all-American again tonight but Jayme was simply unstoppable. Our defense kept us in the match and was the spark to our energy tonight.”

As has been the case recently, Tech offense was the difference in the match as the Jackets hit .360 as a team while holding the Blue Devils to a .175 percentage. Lindsey Laband posted 52 assists in the match as in addition to Moster, Lauren Sauer recorded 15 kills and hit .211 followed by Jayme Gergen who had 13 kills while not recording a hitting error to hit .520.

Defensively, Tech posted 69 digs in the match while Duke had only 46. Marisa Aston led the way with 17 digs while Abby Showers had 10 digs and Laband posted a career high 11 digs in the match.

At the net, Tech had nine blocks as Sauer posted three solo blocks, Moster had two solo blocks and Gergen had three block assists.

The Blue Devils were led by Tealle Hunkus and Tassy Rufai who each had 10 kills in the match.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action Friday, Oct. 15 when they host Virginia at 7 p.m. in O’Keefe Gymnasium.

The Jackets opened game one on a tear, building a 4-0 lead by playing strong defense which led to strong offensive success by Sauer and Gergen. The Jackets then took a 14-7 lead with three consecutive kills from Moster which led to a Duke timeout. At the timeout, Tech was hitting .450 while holding the Blue Devils to a .120 percentage. Following the timeout, the Jackets continued to dominate, building a 23-15 lead with kills from Moster, Laband, Stegemann and a backrow kill from Randall. The Jackets closed out the first game with Moster recording a solo block on DeMange and a kill down the line to win the first game, 30-22. In the game, Tech hit .422, recording only one hitting error as Moster had nine kills, followed by Sauer and Gergen who each had four. Defensively, Tech had 25 digs as Aston recorded nine digs while Moster and Showers each had four.

Game two was much of the same as Tech built an 8-1 lead with two kills from Sauer, a service ace from Showers, two kills from Gergen and a solo block from Sauer. During the run, the Jackets converted on all four of their swing attempts, while Duke was held to a negative hitting percentage. After a Duke timeout, the Blue Devils scored on a kill from Demange, but both Sauer and Showers each responded with kills of their own and Laband and Stegemann recorded a stuff block to make the score 11-2. The Blue Devils pulled to within seven at 27-20, but it would be as close as they would get in the game, as Ooli notched a left-handed kill into the middle of the court and Moster hit a ball through the Duke block for the final point, giving the Jackets the game at 30-21. In the game, the Jackets hit .333 while holding the Blue Devils to a .111 hitting percentage.

Game three was much tighter, with Duke building a lead by as many as three points in the game on stronger defense which forced Tech into some unforced errors. Tech hung around, tying the score at 10-10 on a kill by Sauer. The game then battled back and forth until the score was 15-18, Duke. At that point, Moster recorded two kills and a stuff block by Moster and Gergen followed by a kill from Kuhn gave the Jackets their first lead in the game, 19-18. Duke tied the score at 24-24 on a kill from Perry and Fisher, but Moster caught fire, recording three straight kills, followed by a solo block from Showers to give the Jackets a 28-24 lead. A three ball from Gergen in front of the ten foot line was the games final point as Tech won, 30-26.

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