Oct. 25, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Auburn volleyball team could not overcome a strong Florida attack on Friday night, falling to the fifth-ranked Gators 3-0 (21-25, 16-25, 12-25) at the O'Connell Center.
The Tigers (12-8, 3-5 SEC) remained winless all-time in Gainesville and dropped their third match this season against a top-25 opponent in No. 5 Florida (19-2, 8-1 SEC). Tonight marked Auburn's only meeting with the Gators this season.
"I think Florida did a really good job keeping us out of system," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "And with their athleticism, they're a tough team to play. We talked a lot about first contact. At the beginning of the match, we did a good job of challenging them with our serve, and that enabled us to defend in our system. But we got away from that later in the match, and with a team like Florida, there's very little margin for error."
Auburn was held to a season-low 23 kills and hit just .042 in the match with 19 errors on the night. The Gators, meanwhile, hit .260 on the night after a tough defensive effort by the Tigers held them in check for most of the first set.
Sarah Wroblicky had 12 digs to lead the Auburn defense, while Chelsea Wintzinger had six. The Tigers had five blocks on the night with Katherine Culwell in on three of them. Kathia Rud had two solo blocks, and Camila Jersonsky had a pair of block assists.
Florida was led by Simone Antwi with 11 kills, while Chloe Mann had nine and Ziva Recek had eight. Libero Taylor Unroe led all defensive players with 16 digs, and Recek added 14.
Both teams had issues in the service game. Auburn and Florida were both guilty of 10 service errors, but the Gators made up for it with seven aces, including the last two points of a tight first set in which the Tigers actually outhit the Gators. From there, though, Florida's offense took over, hitting over .300 in the final two sets, and their defense held Auburn to .029 in the second and -.071 in the third.
Auburn continues its SEC road weekend on Sunday with a match against the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C. First serve is set for 12:30 p.m. CT from USC's Volleyball Competition Facility.