Auburn Volleyball Suffers 3-1 Loss To Tennessee
Rachel Shanks

Sept. 21, 2007

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AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team lost its first home match of the season Friday, falling to SEC foe Tennessee, 3-1 (30-27, 28-30, 25-30, 27-30) in Auburn's Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Auburn (9-5, 1-2 SEC) out-hit the Lady Vols (7-3, 2-1 SEC) as the team tallied 64 kills for a .202 attack percentage. Tennessee finished with 63 kills in the match, hitting .181 as a team.

Head coach Laura Farina said that despite the loss, she was pleased with the way her team played.

"I was really pleased with games one and two with how tenacious our defense was, knowing our block was strong," said Farina. "We did a lot of things really, really well tonight, we just didn't win."

Farina was also pleased with the play of setter Sara Shanks, who made her second start of the season in Friday's match against Tennessee.

"I thought Sara Shanks did a really good job tonight managing the offense and I thought when our passing was on, we were in a system and good choices were being made," said Farina.

Auburn continues its four-match homestand on Sunday against Kentucky (11-3, 2-1 SEC) in a 1:30 p.m. match at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky downed Georgia , 3-1 in its Friday night match in Athens, Ga.

Even with Kentucky's impressive record so far this season, Farina is optimistic that Auburn can pull out a win against the Wildcats.

"I believe right now that it is playing with our tempo and managing our transitions. As long as we improve daily, this team is going to see some success coming their way," said Farina. "It's going to be tough, every team in the SEC is good this season. It's going to be a tough match, but a very winnable match."

In Friday's loss to the Lady Vols, it was junior Jessica Glover stepping up to lead the team for the fifth match in a row with her 19 kills and 18 digs, earning her seventh double-double of the season.

Jelena Sekulic also posted a double-double with her 13 kills and 10 digs. Whitney Jacob also finished in double digits in kills with 14 on the night while leading the team in blocks with six.

Sara Shanks posted her first career double-double in the match, tallying 57 assists and 13 digs.