Oct. 13, 2013
The Tigers (10-7, 1-4 SEC) snapped a six-match losing streak after rebounding from a poor first set to come back strong in the final three games. Ole Miss (10-9, 0-6 SEC) remains one of three winless teams in the league and fell to Auburn for the third time in four meetings.
"We are really happy with how we battled after a rough start," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "I thought we did a great job of distributing to our attackers to keep (Ole Miss) off balance."
Wroblicky became the 10th player in Auburn history to reach the 1,000-dig plateau for her career and actually moved into eighth all-time at Auburn, passing Bailey Veit (1,001 digs) and Jaunelle Hamilton (1,002) on the all-time list. Wroblicky had 17 digs in today's match.
The Tigers were able to find their most consistent offensive success through the middle of the floor as Auburn's three middles combined for 33 of Auburn's 54 kills with just two errors. Senior Camila Jersonsky led the way with 15 kills with just one error for a .519 hitting percentage. She was bested in the hitting department by freshman Stephanie Campbell, who had an error-free 10 kills on 19 swings for a .526 percentage. Jersonsky also had three blocks in the match while Campbell was in on two of them. Auburn's third middle, senior Courtney McDonald, had eight kills on 10 attacks with just one error for a .700 hitting mark.
Auburn found more limited success on the outside, but still got contributions all around. Emily Klitzke and Katherine Culwell had seven kills apiece, and Kathia Rud added six kills along with a team-leading 19 digs.
Auburn had more kills than the Rebels (59-49), a higher hitting percentage (.267-.213), and more digs (55-53). The Rebels did have an advantage in the service game with eight aces to Auburn's five, and Ole Miss had seven total blocks while the Tigers had five.
The Tigers struggled mightily in the opening set, thenfound themselves staring down the barrel of a 2-0 deficit as Ole Miss led 17-9 in the second. But Auburn steadily clawed its way back, running off five-straight points to cut the Rebel lead to 19-17. After Ole Miss pulled back ahead at 21-18, Auburn scored three straight to tie the game at 21-all, then took their first lead of the entire match at set point, 24-23. A kill from Jersonsky put the game away, tying the match at one game apiece.
After not leading until the very end of the second set, Auburn never trailed in the third as they pulled away early and held on for a 25-18 win. The Tigers jumped out to a 10-5 lead and never led Ole Miss any closer than two points the rest of the way. The Tigers took advantage of eight Ole Miss hitting errors and held the Rebels to .026 hitting in the third.
Game four was a back-and-forth affair early, but once the Tigers took a lead at 13-12, they never trailed again. Ole Miss would get within one point at 16-15, but a strong offensive attack helped Auburn pull away for a 25-20 win to clinch the match. The Tigers had 20 of their 25 points on kills, then closed out the match with a block from Campbell and McDonald.
The Tigers will return home for a pair of televised matches next weekend. Auburn will face the LSU Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday before hosting Texas A&M at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for both matches at Auburn Arena, and both contests will be televised by SportSouth.