Oct. 16, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Tiger volleyball team battled with South Carolina in a four-game SEC match Sunday afternoon as the Gamecocks prevailed, 30-28, 28-30, 30-23, 30-21. With the loss, Auburn moved to 7-9, 1-7 (SEC) and South Carolina improved to 10-8, 3-5 (SEC).
"Game one was an important game as we fought to take control of the match early," head AU coach Laura Farina said. "We weren't able to pull out game one but took the second game. As our offense struggled so did the competitiveness. Different parts of the game would go away for different players at the wrong time. They would get their serving back in and their passing would go away and vice versa. We just weren't sharp today."
In game one, the Tigers posted a .324 attack percentage and led the game from a statistical standpoint. However, South Carolina came out on top by two points, off of two aces. In game two, Auburn was on top at the end again, with an attack of .229, this time the end result favored the Tigers. AU looked like a different team in games three (.050 attack percentage) and four (-.025), compared to South Carolina who turned in a much improved .235 in game three and .276 in game four to end the match.
"We just didn't look like the team that just played two days ago or two weeks ago," Farina said. "We need to address that and I think having Joanna Pappas out for two weeks really showed tonight. We have some of our players competing for spots and I am not sure they are handling the pressure of vying for a spot well."
Two Tigers controlled the offensive game, as senior Jennifer Amobi went 15-for-40 and had three blocks. Sophomore Whitney Jacob recorded 10 kills on 22 attempt (.227) and assisted on four blocks. Three Tigers had double-figure digs as sophomore Rachel Shanks led the group with 14 and Joanna Pappas and Bailey Veit each contributed 11. Returning to her setting role for the second straight game, after being out for two week, Pappas assisted on 41 plays.
The Tigers head to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday, Oct. 19, for a re-match with Alabama at 7 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. Auburn will return home on Oct. 23 to face Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Act.