Sept. 7, 2007
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Though the coyote could never catch the roadrunner in the cartoons, the Tigers were able to get the job done Friday night at the UTSA Invitational as Auburn (8-2) downed host Texas-San Antonio (3-6) in a 3-0 sweep (30-19, 30-18, 32-30).
Auburn easily won the first two games of the match, but struggled some in the middle of the third game. The Tigers rallied late to pull out the 32-30 game and match win.
"I thought we played really solid volleyball for two and a half games and were fortunate to win game three at the end. I'm proud of how we fought and found solutions to still win the match, 3-0," said head coach Laura Farina.
"I thought we had good matchups across the net and our serving was going well and that put UTSA on the defensive from the very beginning. Our offense made good choices and that's what gave us the victory."
Junior Jessica Glover, a native of nearby Converse, Texas, led the Tigers with 16 kills in the match for a .361 attack percentage. She also had two service aces and nine digs in the win.
Senior Rachel Shanks posted her sixth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 12 digs. She hit .346 for the match while chipping in an ace and three blocks.
Whitney Jacob, Auburn's other Texas native, was the third Tiger to hit in double figures with her 10 kills. She also had three digs and three blocks.
Auburn returns to action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with its final match of the UTSA Classic, a meeting with Big XII member Texas A&M (8-0).
Auburn got off to a quick start in the nightcap, building a 9-3 lead before UTSA even had a chance to put together back-to-back points. The Roadrunners would get as close as 12-9, but the Tigers pulled back away and slowly built what ended up being an 11-point win, 30-19.
Shanks was nearly perfect in the opening game, leading the team with five kills on her eight attacks with only one error. Auburn hit an amazing .600 as a team in the first game, the team's best single-game hitting performance of the season. It's best prior to that was .583 in the first game at Georgia State.
Auburn kept the momentum going in the second game, taking off to a 5-0 start before UTSA even scored. The Roadrunners were not out of it yet and eventually tied the game at 13-13 before taking their first lead of the match on an attack error by Jelena Sekulic.
Following an Auburn timeout, the Tigers returned to the court to go on a 7-0 run and take a six-point lead at 20-14, the team's largest lead margin up to that point. Auburn kept on rolling from there to take the 30-18 victory.
Glover led the Tigers with six kills in the game and even served the final five points, picking up an ace along the way.
Auburn came out strong again in the third game, opening up with an 8-3 run to take the early lead. The Tigers eventually extended their lead to nine at 15-6 before the Roadrunners went on a 15-4 run of their own take their first lead of the game.
Auburn caught back up to tie the game at 22-22. The teams then traded the lead for the rest of the match, sending the game into extra points before Auburn pulled out the 32-30 win.
Glover led the team with six kills while Shanks chipped in four of her own.