Aug. 25, 2006
Dallas, Texas - The 2006 Auburn volleyball team opened the season up with a 3-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Friday at the SMU Invitational, 30-17, 30-23, 30-10. It marked the third straight year the Tigers have opened the season with a win.
Sophomore Jessica Glover (Converse, Texas) turned in a career high 13 kills on 29 attempts and produced a .310 hitting percentage to lead the Tigers offensive front. Senior Julie Bosler (Jasper, Ind.) notched 7 kills on 11 attempts with no errors for a .636 attack percentage. Junior Whitney Jacob (Coppell, Texas) tied her career best services aces with five. As a team the Tigers hit .313 with 42 kills on 99 attempts.
On defense, three players posted double-digits in the dig category. Junior Rachel Shanks (Madison, Ala.), Jacob and sophomore Joanna Pappas (St. Augstine, Fla.) each contributed 11 digs. In all, AU had 50 digs and nine team blocks.
"I am happy that the hard work that we put in during pre-season really showed in our first match," head coach Laura Farina said. "Our serving really settled down in game three and we were able to have more of a commanding presence on the court. We came away with a win against a team that really challenged us in our reception game and we fought hard."
Auburn reeled off seven straight points to open the 2006 season. Emily Knuth (St. Joseph, Mich.) made her debut as the starting libero and sophomore Marissa Fields (Sylvania, Ohio) had her first career start. Glover led the offensive attack with six kills on 15 attempts for a .267 hitting percentage. Jacob posted three aces. The Tigers took game one, 30-17.
Glover repeated her performance in game two with six kills on nine attempts for an impressive .667 attack percentage. Jacob and junior Jelena Sekulic (Resnik-Beograd, Serbia) combined for seven assisted blocks. The Tigers took the 2-0 match advantage with a 30-23 game two victory.
Auburn put the match away in three with a 30-10 game three win. Bosler had a perfect four kills on four attempts and no errors as did Pappas, with three. As a team the Tigers hit .500 in game three.
Auburn continues the season on Tuesday at Kennesaw State. The Tigers return home for the Mizuno/Auburn Challenge on Sept. 1-2 in the Student Activities Center. Auburn will face Arizona State on Friday evening and Virginia Tech and #16 Purdue Saturday. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Tigers. Admission is free.