Sept. 16, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Auburn volleyball team suffered its first SEC loss of the season Sunday as the Tigers (9-4, 1-1 SEC) fell 3-0 to nationally-ranked Florida (9-0, 2-0 SEC) at UF's O'Connell Center. Auburn fell in a sweep, 16-30, 25-30, 19-30 to the No. 6-ranked Gators.
After three weekends on the road, the Tigers return home on Friday, Sept. 21 with a 7 p.m. SEC match against Tennessee in the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Auburn will continue SEC play with a 1:30 p.m. match on Sunday, Sept. 23 against Kentucky.
Auburn struggled offensively out of the gate, mustering only 26 kills in the match for a .038 team hitting percentage. The Tigers did put together an impressive run, scoring five late points in the first game and then taking an early lead in the second.
"I think we dug ourselves into a hole in game one and started to get some momentum at the end of game one that carried over into game two that put us into position to possibly win game two," said head coach Laura Farina. "What we struggled with is experience in some key positions and the only way to get that experience is to play through it."
Farina was also impressed with the team's resolve throughout the match as Auburn refused to quit and made Florida work for some key points.
"I never felt that there was a moment where we were giving up. We did some nice things today and worked through the process of gaining some competitive maturity," said Farina. "Overall, there were some good things to take out of it, but there were also some key areas where we need to improve."
Jessica Glover led the Tigers with 10 kills while senior Whitney Jacob was the most efficient hitter, finishing with six kills on 19 attempts with two errors for a .211 attack percentage. Jacob also had another big blocking match, finished with two solo blocks and five assists for seven total blocks. The effort comes on the back of a nine-block showing at South Carolina on Friday.
Jelena Sekulic led the team with 13, followed by Liz Crouch with nine.
In the first game, Auburn tied the game at 4-4, but Florida went on a 10-point run the Tigers could not recover from as the Gators led 14-4 before Auburn scored another point.
The Tigers made a late run, with Florida leading 27-11, scoring five quick points before the Gators could close out the 30-16 win.
Glover and Jacob led Auburn in the opening game with three kills each. Sekulic posted seven digs in the game.
Auburn got off to a better start in the second game, jumping out to an early 6-3 lead. The Tigers would hold on to the lead for more than half the game, but an 8-2 Gator run with Auburn holding a 16-14 lead would give Florida the lead that it would hold onto for the rest of the match for the 30-25 win.
Sekulic led Auburn in the game with four kills and five digs as Glover and Jacob chipped in another three each.
Florida wasted no time getting started after the break, running off to a 7-1 early lead en route to the 30-19 win in the final game.
Auburn struggled getting anything going offensively in the third game as the first Tiger kill did not come until the 21-11 mark. Seven of Auburn's first 10 points in the game came off of Florida errors.
Glover led Auburn with four of the team's six kills in game three with Sekulic picking up the other two kills.