Sept. 21, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Tigers volleyball squad dropped its SEC opener to archrival Alabama, 30-24, 30-27, 30-24, in front of nearly 800 fans at the Student Act on Wednesday evening. Auburn moves to 6-3, 0-1 on the season and Alabama improves to 13-1, 1-0.
The numbers were close across the board as Auburn committed 22 attack errors and Alabama 21. Both AU and the Tide had 49 digs and Alabama had three more service errors. However, the Tide racked up 51 kills and Auburn managed on 37. Auburn had seven team blocks and Alabama five.
"We just had a lot of little errors tonight that once they all accumulated really hurt us," head coach Laura Farina said. "We weren't able to find that rhythm that I always stress. I think several of our players just wanted it too much when plays were coming their way and this forced them to commit errors that they don't usually make."
Rachel Shanks led the team with 10 kills on 21 attempts and eight digs. Bailey Veit posted 12 digs to lead AU for the third straight match. Setter Joanna Pappas turned in 29 assists and Whitney Jacob recorded four total blocks (one solo).
Auburn continues conference play on Friday, Sept. 23, in Lexington, Ky., with a 6 p.m. CT meeting with the Wildcats in Memorial Coliseum.
"Kentucky is opening up their season at home against us Friday," Farina said. "I think there will be a good crowd there and it will be a fun atmosphere to play in. They have a new coach this year and are starting the season this year as they did last year with only a couple losses to some good opponents."
Live stats from Friday's match with Kentucky can be found on http://www.ukathletics.com