AUGUSTA, Ga. (Aug. 24, 2007) – It’s the first day of the new volleyball season and the Panthers have already matched their win total from
last year with victories over the host Augusta State Jaguars (3-1) and the Limestone College Saints (3-1).
The Panthers faced the Jaguars at 2 p.m. Friday, winning three games to one. Tech maintained control of the first game, winning 30-22. Errors plagued them
in the second game as they fell 19-30, but things turned around quickly as they won game three 30-18. Tech sealed their first win of the season with a
score of 30-23 in the fourth game. Leading the Panthers to victory was Lindsay Foster with 11 kills and Mayne Pegorari
with 18 kills and 21 digs.
The Panthers then battled the Saints at 6 p.m. in the Christenberry Field House on the ASU campus. The race was fought tooth-and-nail throughout the first
game, but the Panthers fell short 27-30. The second game left Tech working their way out of a 10-point deficit with Pegorari at the service line narrowing
the gap to 14-16. The Panthers then tied the series 1-1 by edging the Saints 30-27 in game two. It was all up hill from there as Tech rolled over Limestone
30-20 in the third game and 30-21 in the fourth, winning the match three games to one. Frankie Brown pounded out 11 kills while
Marcela Vasconcelos hoisted 29 assists.
“It was a good first day, but we still have a long way to go,” said senior Amanda Boyce.
“We were able to mentally warm up to the feel of a real game,” said head coach Qi Wang. “We are getting used to the intensity of the game
and responded well under pressure.”
Although successful on their first day of the season, coach Wang still wants to work on a few things.
“We need to play at our level,” he said. “We have practiced better than we showed today.”
The Panthers will look to extend their winning streak Saturday with games against USC Aiken at 10 a.m. and Clark Atlanta at noon. Their first home game is
on Monday night, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Clemente Center against Dowling College.