Sept. 9, 2002
Off to its best start since 1996, the Georgia Tech volleyball team (6-1) travels to Athens to take on arch-rival Georgia (4-4) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center.
Tech has won the last three meetings, including a 3-0 victory last season in O’Keefe Gymnasium. The match marks the fifth consecutive year the two teams have met, and the 21st time overall, with Georgia holding the all-time series edge, 20-3. The match will be broadcast live on WREK radio (91.1 FM) and in streaming audio over the Internet at www.wrek.org.
“I think our match against Georgia is going to be a great one,” said head coach Bond Shymansky, who faces the Bulldogs for the first time in his coaching career. “They are the rival for Georgia Tech and we certainly don’t take them lightly. We want to make it four in a row and are working hard to prepare for them. It’s something that has been in our minds and our players minds ever since the schedule was released.”
The Jackets are led by all-tournament selections Lynnette Moster (Liberty, Ind.) and Alexandra Preiss (Berlin, Germany). Moster, the Most Valuable Player of last weekend’s Courtyard by Marriott Classic, leads the team in kills (122), kills per game (5.08) and digs (68) and is second on the team in hitting percentage (.327). Preiss, the MVP of the Patriot Invitational the previous weekend, leads the team in hitting percentage (.329) and blocks per game (1.38) and is second on the team in kills with 70.
“We are really excited as a staff with our recent success,” said Shymansky. “Our team is in a great spot, not only in terms of confidence but emotionally and physically. We still have so much room for improvement with system that we are running that to be where we are right now in terms of wins and losses, and knowing that we can still get better, is really exciting to see.”