Oct. 28, 2005
Baton Rouge, La. -
Looking to continue on the success from last Sunday, Auburn traveled to Baton Rouge to face a tough LSU squad on Friday evening in the newly renovated Pete Maravich Center. The Bayou Bengals (17-5, 7-4) came out strong from the beginning and captured its seventh conference win of the season in three, 30-17, 30-23, 30-19.
"It is tough to beat an LSU team that played as well as they did this evening," head AU coach Laura Farina said. "I thought we had some sort of rhythm going in game one but our passing game started to falter and I don't think we were able to regain our composure after this happened. I have to credit LSU for doing a good job of taking us out of our game. We just had to put this one behind us and get ready for Arkansas on Sunday."
For the match, Auburn hit just .070 with 31 kills on 100 attempts and 24 errors. AU turned in just 27 total digs, a season low, as senior Bailey Veit led the way with nine. On the offensive front, senior Jennifer Amobi and sophomore Rachel Shanks each contributed nine kills and newcomer Alison Jacobs posted 26 assists. Sophomore Whitney Jacob led the group for the second straight match with four blocks.
Auburn came out strong in game one, holding a three point lead early in the game, 7-4. LSU fought back and tied it up for the third time at 7-7 and the Bayou Bengals took control at this point, scoring four consecutive points. At the midway point, LSU put up seven straight points to control the momentum and finish the game out 30-17. Auburn handed LSU 10 of game one's points with seven attack errors and three service errors.
In game two, Auburn held the Bayou Bengals at game point as the Tigers turned in four straight points before LSU closed it out, 30-23. AU had several runs throughout game two, but had 12 unforced errors to contribute to LSUs win. LSU hit .333 but had 10 errors (six attacking errors) in game two alone.
LSU took control early in game three and never looked back winning 30-19. Auburn turned in just 11 kills and committed eight errors in the third game.
The Tigers continue weekend SEC road action on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Arkansas.