Maryland Wins 2003 ACC Volleyball Championship With 3-1 Win Over Georgia Tech
Nov. 23, 2003
ORLANDO, Fla. - The second-seeded Maryland Terrapins upset the first-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 3-1 (26-30, 33-31, 30-27, 30-22) Sunday to win the 2003 ACC Volleyball Championship at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Three Terrapins posted double-doubles including tournament MVP Lynnsy Jones with a team high 18 kills and 14 digs, Maria DiLivio (11 kills, 15 digs) and Sarah Treadwell (15 kills and a game-high 21 digs). Georgia Tech was led by Lynnette Moster who garnered a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs.
Game one was tightly contested with as many as 15 ties between both teams. The Yellow Jackets led by as many as two in the early going, but the Terps crawled back to take a two point advantage of their own at 17-15. Georgia Tech's Lynnette Moster served three straight points to give the Jackets the lead for good and a 30-26 game one victory. Leading the way for the Jackets in the first game was Jayme Gergen who connected on seven kills to hit .538, while Sarah Treadwell led all Terrapin hitters with five kills to hit .714.
In game two, both teams battled back and forth exchanging points until Rachel Wagener put back a Yellow Jacket dig to give Maryland the 13-10 lead. Georgia Tech cut the lead to one on several occasions and were able to draw even at 22 when junior Lauren Sauer tipped the ball over the Maryland blockers. The Terps stormed back to take the lead on a Treadwell kill down the middle, but it was short lived as the Yellow Jackets came back to tie the game yet again. With the score 31-31, Lynnsy Jones sent a smash cross-court to give the Terps the one point advantage. A Tech hitting error on the very next play gave Maryland the 33-31 game two victory. Stephanie Smith collected six kills to lead the Terps, while Sauer posted five kills for the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech came out of the break and opened an early 3-1 lead over the Terrapins, but Maryland countered with an 8-2 run to open a 9-5 advantage. Maryland's margin stayed at four into the media timeout thanks in large part to two kills by Jones. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to two at 22-20 when Moster slammed a kill off the Terrapin block. But a pair of kills by Smith kept the Terps in the lead by two. Georgia Tech crept back to tie the game at 24 when a serve by Tech's Jennifer Randall clipped the net and fell in for the point. The Terps closed out game three on 6-3 run to earn the 30-27 victory and take the two games to one advantage.
Maryland opened game four with a 6-3 advantage only to see the Yellow Jackets climb their way within two at 8-6. The Terps proved too tough as Smith collected four big blocks down the latter part of the game to seal the deal and earn the 30-22 victory.
The win runs Maryland's record to 26-7, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 30-2.
Playing in her final ACC regular season match, senior setter Kele Eveland became the ACC all-time assist leader in game one of today's match surpassing Andrea Nachtrieb of Georgia Tech who accumulated 6,102 assists from 1993-96. Eveland finished the evening with 57 assists for the Yellow Jackets.