Oct. 14, 2007
AUBURN - Led by senior Whitney Jacob's 10 kills in games three and four, the Auburn volleyball team rallied back from an 0-2 deficit, forcing a game five, but fell short as Mississippi State pulled out the 3-2 (23-30, 27-30, 30-23, 30-23, 11-15) victory.
Auburn (10-11) falls to 2-8 in the SEC race while Mississippi State (8-11) improves to 3-7. The Tigers return to action on Friday, Oct. 19 with a 7 p.m. match against nationally-ranked Florida at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
After hitting -.050 as a team in the opening game, Auburn fought back to hit better than .300 in the following three games to battle back in the match.
"We were a different team in games three and four than we were in games one and two and it was good to see us come out and compete like that," said head coach Laura Farina. "I was glad to see us put our competitive face back on. Mississippi State played well, but we had an opportunity to win and the errors that plagued us in game one came back to get us in game five."
Four Tigers finished with double-digit kills in the match, led by senior Jelena Sekulic with 18. With her 11 digs, she was also one of four Auburn players to finish with a double-doubles in the match. She was joined by Jessica Glover (11 kills, 14 digs), Rachel Shanks (16 kills, 13 digs) and Sara Shanks (38 assists, 12 digs.
Senior Whitney Jacob was Auburn's most efficient hitter, finishing the game with a .393 attack percentage. She had 14 kills while also leading the team with eight blocks.
Freshman Liz Crouch led the defensive effort for the Tigers, posting 21 digs for her third 20-dig match in a row.
In the first game, Auburn and Mississippi State tied the game for the eighth time at 22-22, but the Bulldogs rallied on an 8-1 run to pick up the 30-23 win.
In the second game, it was Auburn with the late rally trying to overcome a seven-point deficit. But, MSU was able to hold off the Tigers for the 30-27 win, going up 2-0 heading into the intermission.
Auburn recovered in the third game, hitting .324 as a team for the second game in a row en route to a 30-23 win. Jacob led the Tigers with five kills, followed by Sekulic and Glover with four each.
The Tigers kept on rolling in game four, taking the lead at 9-8 to stay in control through the rest of the game. MSU tied the game at 20-20, but Auburn went on a 7-1 run that led to the 30-23 win to tie the match at 2-2. Jacob again led Auburn with five kills in the game, followed by Sekulic with four.
Playing in its third game five of the season, the Tigers tied it up with MSU at 8-8, but a 6-1 Bulldog run sealed Auburn's fate as Mississippi State pulled out the 15-11 win for the 3-2 match victory.