Oct. 9, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball team fell to No. 10 Kentucky, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-11), on Friday at the Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.
"We played very well in the first and second set, but unfortunately, our youth showed in the third," Wade Benson, head volleyball coach, said. "We may have been a little too high coming off the wins last weekend. We're going to grow from this experience and bring our best out against Tennessee."
Auburn (11-6, 3-3 SEC) was led offensively by freshman Sarah Bullock and junior Morgan Johns. The pair tallied eight kills in the match. Liz Crouch finished with a match-high 12 digs, while Katherine Culwell had nine digs for the Tigers.
Sarah Mendoza recorded a match-best 13 kills, while Lauren Rapp finished with 11 kills. Setter Sarah Rumely had 42 assists to lead Kentucky (16-1, 6-0 SEC).
The first set saw the two squads battle back and forth, exchanging points and seeing neither team gain a substantial lead. Down 9-8, Auburn came up with a quick two points on kills from Johns and Jonelle Wallace to go up 10-9. With the set tied at 11, the Wildcats put together a three-point run to go up 14-11. Kentucky continued to push its lead and took the set 25-18.
Tied at three apiece in set two, the Tigers pushed a 3-0 run to take the 6-3 advantage. Kentucky came back with a four-point run of its own to go up 7-6. A pair of kills from Bullock and Wallace put Auburn up 12-11 and the two teams traded points through the middle parts of the set. Tied at 16 apiece, Kentucky pushed a 2-0 run to go up 18-16 and went on to win 25-20.
Kentucky jumped out to a quick 5-3 lead and continued on to a 10-5 advantage in the third set. A kill from Katherine Culwell brought the Tigers within three, but the Wildcats went on a 6-2 run to go up 16-9. Kentucky finished out the match with a 25-11 win.
The Tigers conclude their road trip at Tennessee with a 12:30 p.m. matchup on Sunday.