Oct. 19, 2007
AUBURN - Senior Rachel Shanks led Auburn with her 14th double-double of the season, but it was not enough as the Tigers fell 3-1 to No. 10-ranked Florida, Friday at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
Auburn (10-12, 2-9 SEC) lost the first game 30-24, but bounced back for a 31-29 win in game two to even the match as it went into intermission. Florida (17-1, 10-1 SEC) came out of the break and sealed the win with victories in games three and four, 30-17 and 30-21.
The Tigers return to action with South Carolina at 1:30 p.m., Sunday in the Student Act. Admission is free as Auburn looks to repeat its victory over the Gamecocks earlier this season.
Auburn was able to do in game two what few teams have been able to do against the Gators as Auburn picked up the win. Head coach Laura Farina was pleased with how her team performed against the league-leading Gators.
"I thought we played more solid tonight as far as discipline in our offense and discipline in our defense than what we have done for the past couple of weeks," said Farina. "I was really proud of the effort that the team gave and I thought that our outsides had big matches tonight as far as responsibility with passing, defense, and hitting the ball."
Farina was also pleased with the play of freshman Alyssa Davis. Picking up her first career start, Davis tallied six kills and a team-leading five blocks.
"I was really happy with Alyssa Davis's first start and I think we're going see a little bit more of her coming out for us from now on," said Farina.
Shanks led the team with 17 kills and 14 digs and was followed by Jessica Glover as she earned her 12th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 13 digs.
Defensively, Liz Crouch led the team with 20 digs, her third match in a row with 20 or more digs.
Farina and the Tigers now turn their attention to South Carolina. The Tigers picked up their first SEC win over the Gamecocks, 3-2, on Sept. 14.
"As a staff we have some work to do and some things we need to cover tomorrow in practice," said Farina. "But, I feel if we continue to put this sort of effort into Sunday's match, and into the rest of our matches, we give ourselves a sort of opportunity to win."