Oct. 22, 2004
Lauren Sauer recorded 18 kills and Lynnette Moster 13 as the Georgia Tech volleyball team swept NC State in three games, 30-18, 30-16, 30-16 Friday night. With the win, the Yellow Jackets increase their winning streak to 13 while improving to 15-5, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference while the Wolfpack fall to 10-12, 0-9 ACC.
“Lauren did a great job dominating the net tonight offensively and defensively,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “We continue to see great improvement with our freshman class and got strong contributions from all three tonight. This is another good road win for us and now we can prepare and get focused on our match against North Carolina tomorrow.”
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Saturday at 6 p.m. when they face the Tar Heels of North Carolina in Carmichael Auditorium in a match that will be broadcast on WREK radio (91.1 FM) or on www.wrek.org.
Tech’s offense was the difference in the match as the Jackets hit .285 while holding the Wolfpack to a .008 percentage. Defensively, Tech recorded 64 digs to NC State’s 50 as Marisa Aston led the way with 21 digs and Moster followed with 19.
In addition to Sauer and Moster, Jayme Gergen had eight kills, while Laura Kuhn followed with six and Ooli Stegemann had five. Lindsey Laband and Abby Showers split the offensive duties, with Laband recording 36 assists and Showers tallying 10.
At the net, Tech had 12 total blocks, with Sauer recording a career high four solo blocks along with three block assists, Gergen following with six total blocks, and Stegemann and Nikki Kaminskas each recording two blocks.
In game one, the score was 3-3 before a kill from Moster through the block and a service ace from Laband gave Tech a 5-3 lead. A hitting error from Stegemann made the score 5-4, but Kuhn came right back with a kill down the line to make the score 6-4. The Jackets then got points on kills from Gergen and Kuhn along with a solo block from Sauer to take a 12-6 lead. After a kill from Stefani Eddins, the Jackets went on a tear, posting a 10-6 run and scoring on kill from Moster, Stegemann and Gergen taking a 22-12 lead and forcing the Wolfpack into their final timeout. After the timeout, the Jackets scored on two straight kills from Sauer through the block, a kill from Gergen and a stuff block from Laband and Gergen to take a 27-14 lead. The Jackets scored the final point of the game on a one set at the middle of the net from Stegemann to win, 30-18. In the game, the Jackets hit .500, posting 23 kills and only three hitting errors. Sauer led the way with seven kills, while Moster and Gergen each had five while Laband had 20 assists.
Tech started off game two with a 0-3 deficit as Sauer posted two hitting errors and Laband was called for being in the net on a block. But, the Jackets came right back, scoring on a kill from Sauer and a stuff block from Sauer and Kaminskas. Tech tied the score at 5-5 with a kill down the line from Moster and then took a 10-6 lead with kills from Moster and Kuhn and a service ace from Aston. After two straight hitting errors from Gergen made the score 10-8, Tech scored eight straight points on strong defensive plays and with kills from Gergen and Sauer and blocking from Sauer and Gergen to take a 18-8 lead. The Jackets closed out the game on a 12-8 run, scoring on kills from Kaminskas, Kuhn and Moster. The final point of the game was a ball handling error by the Wolfpack, giving Tech the game, 30-16. In the game, Sauer posted six kills while Moster had five and Kaminskas posted three. Defensively, Aston recorded 10 digs.
In the third game, the Jackets took a 5-0 lead with a kill from Gergen and blocks from Showers, Gergen and Sauer. NC State climbed back into the game after two hitting errors from Moster made the score 9-6. Moster then regrouped and tallied two straight kills to take a 11-6 lead and then a kill from Kuhn make it 12-6. The Jackets never looked back, posting a 18-10 run to win the game, 30-16. Tech scored the final point of the match on a ball hit out of bounds by the Wolfpack’s Emily Bertrand.