Friday September 10, 2004
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“Rookie of the Year” Faces in the Crowd

Lauren Sauer



Sauer was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2001. She was only the second Tech player to win this honor, with the other being Kele Eveland the year before.

At many times, the outside hitter from Huntsville has been unstoppable, including a match against NC State in 2002 where she hit an incredible .944, the second-best single game statistical performance in NCAA history.

Last year, Sauer was named to the NCAA East all-region team after averaging 4.0 kills per game and hitting. She also earned MVP honors at the Georgia Tech Invitational for her outstanding play.

Reggie Ball



Ball was the ACC Rookie of the Year last season, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 7-6 record as their starting quarterback. He was also named Second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News for his impressive play.

Ball set Tech freshman records by throwing for 1,996 yards and completing 181 passes. He was also the team’s second leading rusher with 383 yards from scrimmage.

Ball started off his sophomore campaign with an impressive game against Samford, throwing for 201 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Jackets to a 28-7 victory.

Kelly Anderson



Anderson became the first Tech women’s tennis player in history to be named ACC Rookie of the Year, winning the award for the 2003 season. Her brother, Roger, is the only male player to ever earn the honor.

She led the team with 14 dual match wins on the season, and Anderson started off the year an impressive 13-1 in singles matches.

Anderson also plays on Tech’s top doubles team, parterning with Jaime Wong. The pair finished the year ranked 28th in the nation, and had an impressive victory over the 10th ranked pair of Hillary Adams and Kelly McCain from Duke.