Aug. 2, 2001
BERLIN, Germany – In the fifth match of its German International tour, the Georgia Tech volleyball team fell to the German Junior National team in five games, 23-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-19, 14-25. Kyleen Bell led the Yellow Jackets with 16 kills, 12 digs and six block assists, while Maja Pachale tallied 13 kills and 12 digs.
“This was by far the strongest opponent we have played so far on our tour,” said Collier. “The Junior National Team has exceptional ball control and five very strong hitters, so it was a real challenge for us to hang in there with them.”
“This was the most solid and complete team we have played thus far,” said Kele Eveland. “Every mistake we made they capitalized on. I am sure, though, that tomorrow will be a better match for us because our ball control and passing will be intact for the match after today.”
The match also marked the return of Alexandra Preiss, who recorded seven kills and 11 digs, to the gymnasium where she trained prior to attending Georgia Tech.
“Today was a lot of fun,” said Alexandra Preiss. “It was a little weird to play against all of my former teammates, but I soon settled down and got comfortable. I definitely wanted to show them that I had improved and I thought that I played well at times today, although my passing and blocking need some help. I am sure that tomorrow will be just as awesome of an experience.”
The team will return to action on Friday in its final match of the tour in a rematch against the German Junior National Team.