Oct. 7, 2005
Starkville, Miss. -
The Bulldogs were out for revenge from last season and on Friday night they were successful, defeating Auburn in three games, 30-27, 30-27, 30-21, in Newell-Grissom Building. Mississippi State picked up its first conference win of the season and improved to 10-4 (1-3 SEC) and AU dropped to 7-6 (1-4 SEC).
Auburn struggled offensively, turning in a hitting percentage of only .137, compared to the Bulldogs .254. The Tigers managed on 33 kills on the evening, the lowest of the season (for three-game matches). The only Tiger to post an attack percentage of .250 was Julie Bosler who hit .500 for the night with nine kills on 16 attempts.
Three Tigers recorded double-digits digs as Jelena Sekulic, Rachel Shanks and Bailey Veit each had 11 for the night. Bosler led the team in blocks with three and Alison Jacobs managed just 23 assists for the night.
In game one, the Tigers fought from behind at the midway point and closed the gap to within two at 28-26, but would only put up one more point before the Bulldogs Jamie Joyner drilled out a kill to finalize the game, 30-27. Bosler led the Tigers in two categories with four kills and two blocks. Veit dug five and Jacobs assisted on eight plays.
Auburn pulled to within one late in the second game (with a kill from Bosler), 28-27, after reeling off four straight points. The Bulldogs Rachel Cooper had a kill and capitalized off AUs error to take the game, 30-27, before the break. As a team the Tigers hit .382 in the second game to the Bulldogs .341, but MSU turned in five more kills and two aces, which made the difference.
The Bulldogs came out strong after the break and capitalized on Auburn's struggling offense, winning easily in the third game, 30-21, to take the team's first SEC win of the season and the first over AU since the 2003 season.
Auburn continues play in the Magnolia state on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against Ole Miss. Live stats will be available from the match by visiting http://www.olemisssports.com