Oct. 14, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn and Tennessee split the first two games before the Lady Vols took control of the match and captured their ninth straight win over the Tigers in four games (30-26, 23-30, 30-18, 30-20) on Friday evening at the Student Activities Center. The loss dropped the Tigers to 7-8 (1-6 SEC), while the Lady Vols improved to 11-6 (5-2 SEC).
"It's frustrating as a staff because there are just strings of points that are getting run off against us," head coach Laura Farina said. "As a team, we just need to recognize that we need to respond a little bit faster than we did tonight."
Senior Jennifer Amobi paced the Tigers with 17 kills, as Auburn was outhit .210 to .149. Senior Bailey Veit collected a team-high 20 digs and sophomore Whitney Jacob led the team with a .389 hitting percentage and five blocks in the loss. Sophomore Rachel Shanks and freshman Joanna Pappas also recorded double-digits in digs, picking up 13 and 11, respectively. Pappas' 11 digs were a career high.
In game one, the Tigers opened up an 11-6 lead, but were unable to hold off the Lady Vols, as they went on a 10-4 run to take a 16-15 lead and never looked back.
Amobi led the Tigers with six kills on a .333 hitting percentage and Jacob had three aces in the frame. Tennessee outhit the Tigers .308 to .175.
The Tigers slowly opened up a 14-10 advantage in game two and never let the Lady Vols get any closer than three points. Auburn took its biggest lead of the game at 25-18 before Tennessee fought back within three points, 26-23. The Tigers reeled off the next four points to even the match.
Amobi once again paced the Tigers with six kills and Veit tallied seven digs. The Tigers committed only seven errors compared to Tennessee's 13 and outhit the Lady Vols .174 to .000.
The Lady Vols sprinted out of the gate to start the third game, taking a 6-1 advantage. The Tigers clawed their way back to within one, 7-6, before Tennessee went on a 7-2 run to take a 14-8 lead. The four-point deficit was as close as the Tigers would get. Tennessee ended the game with another 7-2 run and took a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Tigers had their worst hitting percentage of the match, as the Lady Vols outhit Auburn .308 to .057. Individually, freshman Joanna Pappas led the Tigers with four digs.
The Lady Vols sealed the match in game four with a 10-4 run to end the game and the match. Tennessee was sparked by a 7-3 run to start the game. The Tigers were able to cut the lead to two, 14-12, but never got any closer.
Rachel Shanks paced the Tigers with five digs. The Tigers were outhit .289 to .170.
Auburn returns to action Sunday, Oct. 16, as they host South Carolina at the Student Activities Center. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m.