Sept. 5, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn University volleyball team used a season-high 13 total blocks to defeat Georgia State, 3-0 (30-20, 30-23, 30-15) at the Student Activities Center on Tuesday. The win improves the Tigers to 5-3 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 2-5.
Sophomore Jessica Glover continued her solid play of late by posting a 10 kill, 11 dig effort. Junior Whitney Jacob led AU with 11 kills and added five blocks, while junior Rachel Shanks came up with 17 digs on the defensive side of the net. Senior Julie Bosler added six blocks and eight kills with a .500 hitting percentage on the evening.
In game one, the Tigers roared out to a 10-3 advantage and would lead by as many as 14 behind the strong play of Bosler. The Jasper, Ind. native had four kills and three blocks to lead AU to a 30-20 win.
Georgia State opened game two with a 6-2 run before the Tigers tied it at nine. The teams battled back-and-forth until Auburn took control of the match at 15-15. Three kills by Jacob opened up the lead and the game for AU, who went on an 11-2 run and eventually took the game 30-23.
Game three belonged to the Tigers. After AU jumped out to a 7-3 lead, the Panthers would get no closer than 7-4 before Auburn unleashed a 12-4 run the put GSU away for good. AU hit .314 in the final frame and won 30-15.
The Tigers will hit the road for six-straight matches, starting with the University of South Alabama Jaguar Challenge in Mobile, Ala. on Sept. 8-9. The tournament will be the final tune-up for AU before it begins conference play. Auburn will face Samford on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by Southeast Louisiana and South Alabama on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.