Sept. 11, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Auburn volleyball team opened the second day of the C of C Classic with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-19) win over host College of Charleston Saturday afternoon. The victory marks the first time since 1998 that Auburn has opened the season with a 9-2 overall record.
"This was a very mature win," head coach Wade Benson said. "We have put ourselves in position to win this tournament, which will be capped off with an exciting match against a good Cincinnati team."
Sophomore Sarah Bullock recorded her second-consecutive double-double, finishing with 13 kills and 10 digs on the day. Senior Morgan Johns also tallied 13 kills and had a career-best six blocks. Freshman Camila Jersonsky was perfect at the net, tallying eight kills on eight attempts and having four blocks.
Senior libero Liz Crouch had a match-high 18 digs for the Tigers and classmate Jonelle Wallace finished with seven kills.
The Cougars (7-3) were led by Elyse Chubb, who finished with seven kills on the day. Libero Paige Johnson had 17 digs, while setter Cole Dawley had 20 assists.
The Tigers started the first set strong as kills from Wallace, Johns and Jersonsky put Auburn up early at 6-2. A pair of kills by Johns and a service ace from Crouch pushed another Tiger run, giving Auburn an 11-5 advantage. The Tigers continued to drive ahead and utilized a 7-2 final run, highlighted by five kills from Bullock, to win the set 25-13.
A kill from Culwell and a service ace by Lauren Mellor put Auburn ahead at 4-2 in the second set and a pair of Cougar attack errors made the score 7-4 in favor of the Tigers. Auburn followed with a 7-0 run, triggered by a kill from Jersonsky, to push ahead to 14-5. A final Tiger rally gave Auburn the 25-10 second-set win.
The two teams battled early in the third set, but tied at six apiece, a pair of kills by Johns and one from Jersonsky pushed Auburn ahead at 8-6. Another kill by Jersonsky began a long, seven-point Auburn rally to go up at 22-13 and a pair of kills by Bullock gave the Tigers 25-19 victory.
Auburn closes out the tournament against Cincinnati Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. EST.