Volleyball Battles In 3-1 Loss To No. 22 LSU

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Jelena Sekulic
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Sept. 28, 2007

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AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team (8-7, 1-4 SEC) blazed out of the gates to take its first game win off a ranked team, but could not hold on as No. 22-ranked LSU (12-2, 4-1 SEC) held on to win the match, 3-1.

Auburn took a 30-26 win in game one, leading by as many as eight points, but watched as LSU evened the score with a 30-21 win in game two. The teams slugged it out in the remaining two games, taking each down to the wire with LSU winning 30-28 and 32-30 to take the match win.

"I thought we played well and very solid tonight, except for game two," said head coach Laura Farina. "We're close to getting those big wins and I expect if we can keep pushing through, we're going to get those big wins. "

Statistically, Auburn was on pace with or even surpassed nationally-ranked LSU. Both teams struggled hitting with LSU hitting .194, followed by Auburn with .135. Auburn had only four fewer kills than LSU while out-digging and out-blocking the Bayou Bengals.

"How we emotionally stay in this and compete is real important. On paper, we're not supposed to be anywhere No.22 LSU, but yet we are," said Farina. " It is just continuing to improve daily, compete and be aggressive, especially at the end of the match."

As a team, Auburn posted a well-rounded attack with four Tigers finished with double-doubles in the match.

Junior Jessica Glover led the team with 19 kills and 14 digs, followed by seniors Jelena Sekulic and Rachel Shanks with 14 kills each. Sekulic also posted 14 digs while Shanks came in with 12.

Freshman setter Sara Shanks also finished with a double-double, her second of the season. Alongside her sister, she finished with 12 digs while also posting 47 assists.

Whitney Jacob came close to a double-double, finishing the match with nine kills and an impressive eight blocks.

Auburn returns to action at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with a conference match against Ole Miss (6-8, 1-4 SEC) in the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The Lady Rebels battled to five game Friday night at Georgia, losing 3-2.