Sept. 1, 2007
DENVER - Three Tigers finished with double-doubles as the Auburn volleyball team (5-2) swept DePaul (0-5) in three games (30-20, 30-19, 30-22) in the team's final match at the University of Denver Invitational.
Senior Rachel Shanks led the team with 14 kills, chipping in 11 digs while fellow senior Jelena Sekulic finished with 11 kills and 11 digs. Junior Jessica Glover also had a double-double, finishing with 10 kills and 15 digs.
"Tonight's match was the most consistent that we played all weekend and I appreciate the focus that the team demonstrated," said head coach Laura Farina. "Our serving was solid and our passing was excellent, and that made the difference."
Freshman Nicki Gerig led the team with 37 assists as fellow freshman libero Liz Crouch led the team with 18 digs.
After playing against the competition that the team saw over the weekend, Farina and her staff are ready to return to Auburn with the knowledge that they gained.
"We know the areas that we need to improve. As a team, you need a test and we got tested. Now we go on to the task of making Auburn volleyball better," said Farina.
Auburn returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 4 with a 7 p.m. CT matchup against Kennesaw State in Auburn at the Student Activities Center.
Coming off of the rough morning loss to Wichita State, the Tigers responded quickly against DePaul, taking the 30-20 win in the first game.
Glover led the attack with five kills in the opening game, along with four digs. Shanks chipped in four kills while freshman Lauren Mellor tallied three blocks.
DePaul scored first, taking a 2-0 lead, but Auburn fought back and scored seven straight points to take a lead that it would not give up. The Tigers built the lead to 10 and the Blue Demons would get no closer than eight late in the game.
Auburn kept on rolling in the second game, scoring the first four points to take the early lead. The Tigers maintained the momentum to roll on to a 30-19 win.
In game three, it was DePaul coming out ready to play as the Blue Demons hung with Auburn through the first half of the game. DePaul led 15-13, but Auburn took the lead on the back of four-straight points served by Glover to take the lead for good as the Tigers rolled on to a 30-22 win.