Sept. 8, 2007
SAN ANTONIO - Hitting a dismal .025, the Auburn volleyball team (8-3) fell to Texas A&M (9-0) in a three-game sweep to finish off the UTSA Classic with a 2-1 record, taking second place.
Playing against a bigger Aggie squad, Auburn fell in straight sets, 30-17, 30-22, 30-15. Texas A&M hit a blazing .308 in the match and the big front line finished with 12 team blocks.
"I didn't think we competed very well. The one shining star is I thought Jessica Glover played well for two games and I thought Liz Crouch played well for being a freshman in adjusting to the competition," said head coach Laura Farina.
"Things we have been strong at, like serving and passing, didn't go well today. We have to become better in problem solving situations when the game isn't easily going our way."
Jessica Glover, playing in her hometown of San Antonio, led the Tigers with 10 kills and 15 digs. Freshman Liz Crouch also posted 15 digs in the match.
Rachel Shanks, an all-tournament selection, finished the match with eight kills and six digs while Whitney Jacob, Auburn's other all-tournament selection, finished with six kills and four digs.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, Sept. 14 as the team opens SEC play at South Carolina with a 7 p.m. CT match. Auburn will wrap up the conference-opening weekend at Florida with a 1:30 p.m. CT match on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Auburn hung tight for the first portion of the opening game, trailing by only two at 13-11, but Texas A&M went on a 13-2 run that sealed the win as the Aggies cruised to a 30-17 victory.
Glover led the Tigers in the first game with five kills, followed by Shanks with four. Texas A&M, though, went perfect in the game, hitting .515 with 17 kills on 33 attempts and no errors.
The Tigers again hung with Texas A&M in the first portion of the second game, capitalizing on some early Aggie errors, but A&M built a six-point buffer that it held throughout most of the game, eventually winning, 30-22.
Jacob and Glover led Auburn in the game with three kills each.
In the third game, Auburn fell victim to two early runs by the Aggies that it was never able to recover from. After the Tigers scored the first point of the game, Texas A&M scored the next six straight points to take an early 6-1 lead.
Holding a 12-8 lead, the Aggies went on another run, this one for five points, to put the game and match out of reach. A&M won the final game 30-15 to take the 3-0 sweep.
Glover and Shanks had two kills each in the final game for Auburn.