Sept. 1, 2007
DENVER - Struggles on offense continued to plague the Auburn volleyball team Saturday morning as the Tigers (4-2) fell to Wichita State (3-2), 3-0, at the University of Denver Invitational.
The Shockers handed the Tigers their first sweep of the season (23-30, 19-30, 23-30), as well as Auburn's second loss in a row.
Auburn returns to action at 6 p.m., Saturday night to face DePaul (0-3). DePaul will face host Denver in the other early match before facing off against the Tigers.
Auburn struggled on offense for the second match in a row, hitting only .040 in the match. The Shockers countered with a .291 attack percentage, including an impressive .326 in the second game.
Rachel Shanks led the team in kills with nine while Whitney Jacob was the most effective of the Tigers with a .429 attack percentage, tallying seven kills on 14 attempts with only one error. Shanks also led the team in digs with 10 while Nicki Gerig came off the bench to lead the team in assists with 18.
After trailing by as many as 11 points, Auburn fought back but did not have enough time as Wichita State won the first game, 30-23. Shanks led the Tigers in the opening game with four kills.
Auburn led briefly early in the first game, the last time by a score of 3-2, but the Shockers went on a seven-point run on the back of Sara Lungren's serving to take a 9-3 lead and control of the game.
The Tigers suffered their worst single-game loss of the season in the second game, falling 30-19 to WSU.
Auburn hung tight through the first portion of the game and even led some early. But, after cutting the Shocker lead to one at the 12-11 mark, Wichita State went on a 9-2 run to take a dominating 21-13 lead that the Tigers could not recover from.
In the third game, Auburn hung with Wichita State right to the end, trailing only three points at 24-21, but the Shockers pulled away for the 30-23 game win and the 3-0 match victory.
NOTE: - With her 10 digs in the match, senior Rachel Shanks is now ranked No. 10 all-time at Auburn in career digs with 880.