Aug. 28, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball squad captured the 2010 War Eagle Invitational title Saturday night with a 3-1 (17-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-19) victory over Georgia Southern at the Student Activities Center. The win puts Auburn at 3-0 on the early season, while the Eagles fell to 2-1 overall.
"Overall, I am very pleased with how we performed in the first tournament of the year," head coach Wade Benson said. "We know what have to work on and we have to get back to the office Monday and Tuesday to get ready for what is ahead."
Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Bullock was named tournament Most Valuable Player for her performance on the weekend, while senior Liz Crouch and junior Christina Solverson earned spots on the all-tournament team.
"The first tournament is always going to be a little bit shaky, but the team came out really strong this weekend," Bullock said. "After the first set, we knew that we had to step up and we came out with a winning attitude."
Bullock tallied a match-high 18 kills and a .484 attack percentage to lead the Tigers. Crouch had 17 digs, while Solverson finished with 36 assists. Junior Kelly Fidero had a double-digit kill performance for Auburn, finishing with 11 kills on the night. Senior Lauren Mellor recorded one solo block and four block assists to lead the Tiger defense.
Georgia Southern's Bethany Sanford finished with 13 kills and nine digs, while setter Kate Van Dyke tallied 33 assists and nine digs. Parker Small led the Eagle defense at the net, recording five block assists.
The first set had the two teams battle back and forth until tied at eight apiece, the Eagles pushed ahead on a pair of Auburn errors to take the 10-8 advantage. GSU utilized another rally to go up 14-9, but a kill by senior Morgan Johns
triggered an Auburn run to bring the match within a point at 15-14 Georgia Southern. The visiting squad, however, used an 8-2 run to take the set by a score of 25-17
Auburn opened the second set with a four-point run and held the margin throughout the beginning parts of the set. A kill by Bullock followed by a pair of kills from Fidero pushed Auburn up 18-10 and another Fidero kill gave the Tigers the 20-14 lead. Auburn went on to take the set, 25-16.
A trio of kills by Johns highlighted a 7-2 Auburn run at the start of set three. The Tigers capitalized on a handful of Eagle errors to push ahead 10-4 and a pair of kills from Bullock led Auburn to a 17-9 advantage. A kill from Solverson set off an 8-2 run that led to an 25-13 Auburn win in set three.
The final set opened just as the third as the Tigers once again capitalized on Eagle errors to jump out to a 7-2 lead. Georgia Southern battled back and came within a point at 10-9, but two kills from senior Alyssa Davis put Auburn farther ahead, 14-9. The Tigers held on to take the 25-19 victory.
The Tigers return to the Student Activities Center Wednesday as Auburn hosts the Mercer Bears in a 6 p.m. match up.
Sarah Bullock - MVP - Auburn
Liz Crouch - Auburn
Christina Solverson - Auburn
Bethany Sanford - Georgia Southern
Kate Van Dyke - Georgia Southern
Devin Von Pingel - Troy
Britany Wilburn - UT Martin