Sept. 30, 2007
AUBURN - Ole Miss hit a blazing .312 as the Auburn volleyball team (9-8, 1-5 SEC) lost 3-0 to the Lady Rebels (13-4, 3-3 SEC) Sunday at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum Sunday afternoon. Ole Miss won the match in three straight games, 30-22, 30-26, 30-18.
Senior Rachel Shanks led the Tigers with her 10th double-double of the season, tallying 15 kills and 13 digs in the loss. She also led the team with her .333 attack percentage.
"Ole Miss played a great game today," said Farina. "I thought we passed well and served tough, we just never got into an offensive rhythm and when you can't win points off of attacking, it's very difficult to win matches."
Farina also pointed out how the Tigers hurt themselves with their own errors. Auburn hit .146 in the match with 22 attack errors while also picking up nine ball-handling errors and six service errors.
"Right now we just need to work on our side of the court," said Farina. "We had a lot of ball-handling errors early in the game. We've got to continue to stick with the things that are fundamentally sound, and believe they're going to work and let it turn the corner."
Auburn held the lead at least once in each of the three games, falling victim to Ole Miss scoring runs each time. The Tigers tied game one at 15-15 before a 6-0 Lady Rebel run put Ole Miss in control for the 30-22 win.
Auburn stayed within striking distance throughout game two but ran out of time as Ole Miss won, 30-26. In the third game, the Tigers trailed by only one at 10-11, but an 8-2 Lady Rebel run put the game and match out of reach as Ole Miss cruised to the 30-18 win.
The Tigers return to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday with a mid-week match at Georgia. The Bulldogs (12-4, 3-3 SEC) split in their matches over the weekend; downing Ole Miss in five games before being swept by No. 22 LSU.