Sept. 30, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. - The Tiger volleyball team won game one but was unable to stop the attack from Arkansas, falling 31-29, 17-30, 28-30, 22-30, on Friday night to move to 7-4, 1-2 (SEC) on the season. The LadyBacks improve to 9-5, 2-1 SEC.
Sophomore Rachel Shanks turned in her third double-double of the season with 15 kills and 13 digs. Shanks also had three blocks - two solo. Senior Jennifer Amobi led the group with 21 kills on 49 attempts, both season highs for four-game matches. For the fifth straight match, senior Bailey Veit headed up the defense for AU tonight with 15 digs.
"I am glad that we won game one and I thought we would come out in game two with more momentum than we did," head AU coach Laura Farina said. "We fell flat in game two and would come back with a couple points here and there, but I don't think we were ever able to gain control of the match again after the second game."
Newcomer Alison Jacobs saw a change of positions as she started the game and continued throughout in the setting role. She turned in a season high 52 assists (for four game matches) while digging eight.
"She delivered the ball really well tonight," commented Farina on Jacobs starting in the setter position. "Our hitters were off tonight and our middle's weren't in the air enough for her to utilize them. Jennifer had a good night tonight and stepped up to the challenge."
The team stats were close across the board, as AU had 59 kills to Arkansas' 61. The Tigers and Ladybacks each turned in 55 assists and Auburn only had six fewer digs that Arkansas. Blocking turned out to be a big difference as the Ladybacks posted 16 team blocks and AU managed only eight.
"We really needed to step up on the service line tonight," Farina noted. "I think Arkansas did a good job of rattling some of our players tonight. In the four matches we have lost so far it seems like we just go through this emotional loss, we stop strategizing and adapting versus just going out there and doing something we may have not been coached on to work our way out of it."
The Tigers return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. versus No. 24 LSU in the Student Activities Center. The match will be televised live on Fox Sports South.
"Sunday will be an exciting match for us," Farina said. "It is the first televised SEC match of the season and we are just going to go out there and work hard from start to finish and just see what happens."