Oct. 19, 2005
Tuscaloosa, Ala. -
In front of a rowdy Alabama crowd, the Auburn volleyball team turned in its best attack since early September and made the Crimson Tide earn the win in three games, 30-27, 30-25, 30-28. Auburn moved to 7-10, 1-8 (SEC) and Western division Alabama improved to 19-3, 7-2 (SEC).
"We really made Alabama have to earn their points," AU head coach Laura Farina said. "What was nice about tonight was that our errors were reduced, we only had three attacking errors in the first two games, and the team had a strategy coming out into game three that they thought Alabama would play against us. They came out with some emotion in game three but weren't able to capitalize. We have one rotation that we struggle in and that is where we got stuck in all three games."
As a team, the Tigers posted its best attack percentage, .240, since the Sept. 10 match against Northern Arizona. For the match, Auburn turned in 44 kills on 129 attempts with only 13 errors. Sophomore Rachel Shanks had her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and 13 digs.
Senior Jennifer Amobi led the offense for the seventh straight game with 15 kills on the evening. Classmate Bailey Veit recorded 16 digs and junior Julie Bosler contributed three blocks.
It was back and forth for most of the first game (11 ties), with Auburn holding the lead at the halfway mark, 15-14. The largest lead for either team was only three during the entire game, which Alabama pulled out in the end, 27-30. Auburn put up strong numbers, hitting .261 with 15 kills on 46 attempts and just three errors.
For the first part of game two it looked to be a repeat of the previous game, but the Crimson Tide pulled away at the midway point. Alabama led by as many as nine before the Tigers pulled within four at 24-28. The Tide finished strong winning, 25-30. Again the Tigers had a strong attack, posting 12 kills on 37 attempts and only three errors.
The Tigers did not end the match without a fight, as the team led the game by three at 27-24. The Tide pulled within one before a timeout was called by Tide head coach. The game was tied two more times before Alabama closed it out, 28-30.
Auburn returns home for a key SEC match on Sunday, Oct. 23, versus Mississippi State. The game is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. CT in the Student Activities Center.