Nov. 25, 2003
Going to Cali
Prior to the announcement of the 2003 NCAA Tournament bracket, the Jackets will head out west to take on Long Beach State and San Jose State. The Jackets and 49ers have faced either on one occasion, with Long Beach winning in three games in 1997. Georgia Tech and San Jose State will be facing each other for the first time in school history.
The Jackets defeated Florida State and Virginia before falling to Maryland in the finals of the ACC Tournament. The loss marked just the second defeat the Jackets have suffered this year, both at the hands of the Terrapins. The Jackets now hold a 2-3 record in ACC Championship matches.
Waiting for the NCAA
Following their matches out in California, the Yellow Jackets will return home and await the announcement of the 2003 NCAA Championship bracket, which will be announced at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. Should the Yellow Jackets host, the matches will be played on Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 4 & 5 and ticket booklets for both sessions are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors while individual game prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Fans interested in attending should call 1-888–TECH-TIX. Tech will be looking for its fourth consecutive NCAA bid, seventh in school history.
In this year’s ACC tournament, two players from Georgia Tech earned all-tournament honors; Lauren Sauer and Marisa Aston. Sauer averaged 5.00 kills per game and 0.82 blocks per game while posting a .323 hitting average in the tournament. Aston averaged 4.00 digs per game and 0.55 assists per game in the tournament.
Eveland Sets Two Records
In the final match of this year’s ACC tournament on Nov. 23, etched her name in two seperate record books. Eveland recorded 57 assists in the match, breaking the ACC and Georgia Tech record for career assists, previously held by Tech standout Andrea Nachtrieb. Eveland now stands with 6,155 assists on the year and is currently ranked 11th on the NCAA career assist list.
Jackets Drop to No. 9
After losing to Maryland in the ACC Championship match, Tech fell three spots to No. 9 in the 2003 USA Today/AVCA poll for Nov. 24. Dating back to last season, this marks the 27th consecutive week that Tech has been ranked in the Top 25, which sets a new record by an ACC school. Georgia Tech held the previous record, having been ranked 22 consecutive weeks during the span from 9/5/95-10/1/96. In the issue dated Nov. 17th Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll, the Jackets are ranked 6th.