Aug. 26, 2006
Dallas, Texas -
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The Auburn volleyball team swept its second opponent, Prairie-View A&M, at the SMU Invitational on Saturday morning, 30-20, 30-16, 30-17. The Tigers moved to 2-0 on the season and the Panthers dropped to 0-2. Auburn goes for the overall tournament victory tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT versus SMU.
Whitney Jacob had a stellar performance both offensively and defensively as the junior turned in nine kills on 13 attempts with no errors (.692) while digging a career high 17 balls. In addition, she assisted on four blocks. Senior Julie Bosler and junior Rachel Shanks combined for 23 kills and each had attack percentages over .360.
"Whitney just had a great all around performance today," head coach Laura Farina said. "This is the first year that she has played the entire court. We had her go to the back row and 17 digs today is a great number for her to come away with."
On defense Bosler had eight total blocks (seven assisted) and junior Jelena Sekulic posted a career high seven blocks (all assisted). As a team the Tigers had 12 blocks. For the match, Auburn hit a .364 percentage (an improvement from Friday's .313) with 49 kills on 107 attempts and just 10 errors.
"I was also very pleased with Dalia [Naidzinaviciute] coming in and being able to relieve Jessica [Glover] on the outside," Farina said. "She did a nice job at passing and blocking. Sloane also came in on the back row and really passed the ball well. The team really got better and stronger in their passing and serving as the match went along. Overall I am pleased with our offense today and I think Joanna [Pappas] really set a good match."
Game one started out with five tied situations before Auburn took control and never lost the lead again. After eight consecutive points at the end of game one and a block from Bosler, the Tigers took the game 30-19. Sekulic controlled the offense with four kills on 11 attempts (.273).
The Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 lead at the start of game two and maintained a 10 point advantage throughout the contest. Jacob posted a no error game two with seven kills on 10 attempts (.700). Bosler and Shanks combined for 15 kills. The Tigers held the match advantage, 2-0, after a 30-16 game two win.
Auburn carried over its momentum from game two into the final game of the match. AU scored the first four points and never trailed during the 30-17 win. Freshman Sloane Bâby had her first collegiate appearance during game three in the back row. The Tigers hit .500 as a team in game three (18 kills on 30 attempts).
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.