Elman Joins 1000/1000 Club; Tigers Fall To Georgia Tech

Elman Joins 1000/1000 Club; Tigers Fall To Georgia Tech

Auburn, Ala. - Lexi Elman became the seventh player in Pacific volleyball history to reach 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, but the Pacific volleyball team fell in four to Georgia Tech Saturday morning at the War Eagle Invitational, 25-23, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21.

Elman finished with 17 kills as the senior reached 1,013 career kills, and freeman Emily Baptista added 14 kills.

Ashlyn Fleming chipped in eight kills with five blocks, while Alicja Wilk added eight kills (against no errors) with five digs and three blocks. Setter Andie Shelton posted 48 assists and 15 digs, while libero Katrin Gotterba recorded 27 digs.

Georgia Tech nipped the Tigers 25-23 in set one, and 26-24 in set two. After Pacific rallied for a 25-23 set three win, the Yellow Jackets answered with a 25-21 win in set four to take the match.

Pacific falls to 1-1 on the year, while Georgia Tech improves to 2-0 on the season.

Set one featured 13 ties, but the Yellow Jackets broke a 17-17 tie with a pair of points and the Tigers played catch-up, finally tying the set at 23-23 before kills from Annika Van Gunst and Ashley Askin to close the set.

In set two, the Tigers led by as  much as 17-11 before Georgia Tech came from behind, narrowing the gap to 21-20, and tying it at 23-all. Askin and Teegan Van Gunst posted kills before a service ace closed the set.

Pacific rallied in set three, coming back from down 11-6 to tie at 13 on a block from Shelton and Fleming. The Yellow Jackets led 19-17 before Alex Holt and Baptista each posted a pair of kills for a 21-20 Pacific lead. Tied at 23, Shelton set Fleming for the kill and then the duo teamed for a block to give Pacific the set win, 25-23.

Tied in set four, the Yellow Jackets surged ahead 15-12, before the Tigers answered back, tying the set at 18-18 on a block from Elman and Wilk. But Georgia Tech went right back up two, and Teegan Van Gunst posted a block to clinch the match, 25-21.

Annikan Van Gunst posted 16 kills and 11 digs for Georgia Tech with Teegan Van Gunst adding 13 kills and 16 digs for the Yellow Jackets.

With 36 kills in the first two matches of 2016, Elman now sits at 1,013 kills and 1,047 digs in her career. She became the seventh Tiger in program history to reach the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club, joining Dorothy Hert (1984-87) 1,008 Kills / 1,305 Digs, Elaina Oden (85-89) 1,485 Kills / 1,229 Digs, Katy Eldridge (89-92) 1,024 Kills / 1,169 Digs, Charlotte Johansson (91-94) 1,394 Kills / 1,017 Digs, Elsa Stegemann (95-99) 1,853 Kills / 1,114 Digs, and Danielle Shinn (97-00) 1,245 Kills / 1,017 Digs.

The Tigers face host Auburn at 5:30 p.m. PT Saturday in a match that will air on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.com. Auburn enters their afternoon match with Furman at 0-1 after falling to Georgia Tech on Friday.