Tech Opens Season With A Win
Sept. 3, 2004
San Diego, Calif. - The Red Raiders came out firing as they defeated San Diego State 3-1, in their season opener. Six Red Raiders finished the match with aces, with junior Desiree Batista leading the way with six. Senior Kelly Johnson paved the way with 14 kills, while senior Laura Grote tallied 37 assists.
Batista's six aces earned the junior her first Tech record. Her six aces are the most by a Red Raider in a four-game match and ties for fourth in all matches.
Senior Daneen Grisham and junior Batista earned their first aces of their career at Tech, while Nina Miller tallied her 13th in game one. In the first game the Red Raiders traded points with the Aztecs for much of the game until a kill by Miller gave Tech the lead at 16-15. Tech continued to trade points until it went on a five-point run to open the game up to 28-23.The Red Raiders never looked back taking the first game 30-24 as Batista ended the game with her third ace.
The Aztecs came out tough in game two, jumping to a three-point lead. The Aztecs led the Red Raiders for the whole game until Tech went on a late-game surge to tie it at 24-24. Johnson turned up the heat leading the team with eight kills in game two, after opening up the match with only one kill in game one. SDSU were able to keep the game close behind the arm of junior Melissa Stapley, who led the Aztecs in game two with 10 kills. Tech looked to close-out the second game but were overtaken by solid play from Angela Verdenacci of San Diego State, who closed out the match for the Aztecs with two consecutive kills. The Aztecs took the close game 33-31.
The Red Raiders did not let the second game slow them down, as they served to an early 7-3 lead. The Red Raiders continued to widen the gap as Grisham opened up the game with five straight points to lead Tech into a SDSU time out, 21-15. The Red Raiders dominated the game forcing the Aztecs to scramble for their tough serves and solid play at the net. Freshman Amy Charlebois helped lead the Red Raiders in game three, closing the game out with her fifth kill of the game, 30-22.
Grisham picked up right where she left off at the service line, taking Tech to an 8-3 early lead. Grisham tallied two of her total four aces in the opening points of the game to lead Tech on a 5-1 run. Charlebois walked back to the service line after a quick Tech kill by Johnson, to lead Tech on its second run of the game. Charlebois tallied 10 points to leave Tech with an 18-9 lead. From that point on, the game was taken over by freshmen. Freshman Emily Ziegler led the charge, making her first collegiate appearance along with freshmen Danielle Nickle and Lindsey Louis. Ziegler earned her first career service ace at her second trip to the line, while Nickle tallied one assist and one dig on the effort. Ziegler ended the match with two assists, while Louis earned one kill on three attempts. The Red Raiders closed the game out 30-16 with no starters left on the floor.
The Red Raiders move to 1-0 on the season, while sending the San Diego State Aztecs to a 0-2 record.
Tech's next match will be against Wichita State at 6:30 p.m. at the Peterson Gym on the campus of San Diego State, in San Diego, Calif.
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